In 2008 a two-year $1 million challenge grant was offered by the Foundation to support the establishment of CAP’s endowment to increase CalArts student teaching opportunities and CAP work sites.
The award-winning CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) provides CalArts students opportunities to enhance their own classroom instruction and artistic practice through teaching free after-school and school-based arts programs for youth ages 6-18 in every discipline taught at the Institute.
Programs are offered at public schools, community centers and social service agencies, covering a 1,000-square-mile radius across Los Angeles County. With classes led by a teaching corps of accomplished CalArts faculty, alumni and student instructors, CAP participants learn to create original works of art and to experiment with prevailing conventions of artistic expression.
CAP’s success has served as a model for other arts education organizations locally and nationally. The program has received numerous honors, including the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, which recognizes exemplary programs that foster the creative and intellectual development of America’s children.