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

CAP at Home!

Live Art Tutorials
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
On YouTube, Facebook and Instagram

Join our CAP staff Mondays through Thursdays from 4-4:30 p.m. to view LIVE art tutorials with materials found in and around the house. Follow Community Arts Partnership Detroit on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram to participate. With activities catered towards various age groups, there is something for everyone.

Detroit Neighborhood Arts Workshop (DNAW)

Detroit Neighborhood Arts Workshop (DNAW)
Saturdays Online
12 - 1:30 p.m.

Virtual art-making classes taught by professional College for Creative Studies Teaching Artists.

Develop the personal art portfolios needed to apply to Detroit’s highest quality middle schools and high school art programs and scholarships. Students will need a computer, cell phone, or tablet with an internet connection to participate. Students who can commit to the program are supplied with Art Supply Kits for assignment completion and for art exploration!

Register for Detroit Neighborhood Arts Workshop

Detroit Neighborhood Arts Corps (DNAC)

Wednesdays in-person at Detroit Community High School
3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Saturdays in-person at Detroit Community High School
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Open to all high school students.

Work with professional teaching artists from the College for Creative Studies to develop murals, art exhibitions, and events. Learn about the vital links between creativity, entrepreneurship, and community service. Transform Detroit’s neighborhoods with art.

Register for Detroit Neighborhood Arts Corps

Saturday Arts Academy

Saturdays Online
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

College for Creative Studies, in conjunction with Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, the Carr Center and the Detroit Public School Community District, has developed a unique, creative education opportunity for interested, passionate 6th, 7th & 8th grade students, to explore the arts alongside Detroit’s masterful art educators and teaching artists. Classes are held live using Zoom.

Register for Saturday Arts Academy

Get Involved

To participate, please contact

Mikel Bresee
Director, Community Arts Partnerships

Lynn Blasey
Coordinator, Community Arts Partnerships