Community Arts Partnership continues it's leadership role in providing arts to Detroit youth

The Community Arts Partnerships (CAP) program completed another record session. CAP instructors taught in 32 free visual art and design programs in the Detroit community this summer. In delivering these programs, CAP employed 28 different teaching artists and six paid summer youth interns. In total, 1,789 hours of programming were delivered to 947 Detroit youth, most of whom had little access to any other visual arts programs. CAP program highlights included: extensive arts programming for DPS summer school programs; a continuing partnership with the SURA Arts Academy photography program of the Arab American National Museum; and first-time programs at the Brightmoor Community Center and the Woodbridge Community Youth Center. CAP also executed a couple of summer intensives for its core programs - Detroit Neighborhood Arts Workshops for middle school and Detroit Neighborhood Arts Corps for high school youth. Community+public arts:DETROIT (CPAD) continues its ground-breaking work with five projects in development and one project dedicated for summer 2011. The Alley Project (TAP) was completed in SW Detroit under the direction of Erik Howard and Young Nation and now provides an exciting outdoor urban art gallery/studio for a wide variety of urban arts. CPAD projects continue throughout Detroit. A major theme for summer 2011 for both CAP and CPAD was gardening and the arts. CAPâ??s Art on the Farmway collaboration with Youth Growing Brightmoor brought CAP Teaching Artists, Youth Interns and neighborhood youth together to paint murals on plywood panels to be used in boarding up buildings at community garden sites. Two of the five CPAD projects currently in development are planned as components that work in partnership with community gardens, including an â??Edible Hutâ? developed by CCSâ??s own Mira Burack of Kresge Arts in Detroit and Kate Daughdrill, which will be developed with participation of CCS students in Kateâ??s Spring Art and Social Engagement class. As always, CAP programs listen to the Detroit community and apply the arts in response to community needs and issues.