Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute


The intersection of Art & Community

The Community and Public Arts Department at RAC supports people who are working at the intersection of art and community through training, professional development, workshops and networking opportunities, and other programs. RAC’s commitment to community led to its founding the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute, the longest-running sustained training program of its kind in the United States.

The Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute was founded in 1997 on the belief that art has the power to be an agent for positive social change and that cross-sector collaboration is the key to enhancing that power. Since its inception, the CAT Institute has trained over 250 artists of all disciplines, social workers, educators, community and social activists, and policy-makers. These CAT Institute alumni continue to create relevant arts programs that serve under-resourced communities in a variety of settings, including neighborhood organizations, social service agencies, churches, and schools, as well as development initiatives. CAT Institute alumni create a powerful network of creative leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs, all focused on building a stronger, more vibrant St. Louis.

Interested in the Annual Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute?
We are now accepting nominations for the Annual CAT Institute. If you or someone you know is working in the St. Louis City and/or County using art and creative cultural practices to build stronger communities, please nominate yourself or them. Fellows will learn about creative community development, collaboration and negotiation, and other important subjects and skills that will help you take your work and life to the next level. The Annual CAT Institute takes place one weekend per month beginning in November 2014 and ending in March 2015. Nominations are due Friday, August 29, 2014. All nominees will receive a copy of the application, which is due Monday, September 22, 2014.