Community Outreach & Engagement

The Community Arts Partnerships

The Community Arts Partnerships (CAP) program of the College for Creative Studies reaches out to the Detroit community by providing free art and design classes and resources to youth and their families.

The CAP program develops and maintains partnerships between CCS and dozens of organizations in the metropolitan Detroit community. Partnerships work with educational and community organizations to:

  • Inspire young people from diverse backgrounds to make the visual arts a part of their lives.
  • Bring education in art, design and new technologies to the neighborhoods of Detroit.
  • Inform young people about art and design career opportunities.

The CAP approach to community arts education is based on a visual arts curriculum inspired by art making, team teaching, and team learning. Programs are individually crafted with the host organization.

Programs Include:

  • School and after-school student enrichment programs throughout the Detroit metro area. CAP provides free art classes to more than 4,000 kids from Detroit annually.
  • Public art and neighborhood beautification, including murals and art exhibits.
  • Specialized art and design programs for students and teachers on the CCS campus.
  • Art and design Career Discovery Tours for middle school students.

Basic statistics

CAP’s student-centered programs open doors to the creative opportunities of the 21st century:

students served each year

students served since 2001

CAP partnering organizations

CAP programs delivered annually

blue yellow red michigan council for arts and cultural affairs logoThis activity is supported, in part, by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Get Involved

To participate, please contact

Mikel Bresee
Director, Community Arts Partnerships

Lynn Blasey
Coordinator, Community Arts Partnerships