Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute

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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?
Nominations for the 2014-15 Annual Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute are currently closed. Thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, we will host our third neighborhood-based Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute beginning in the winter of 2015. Please check here in the new year for more details.

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