Saturday, June 23, 2012

ommunity Arts Training Institute call for nominations

Calling for Nominations for 2012 / 2013 Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute. Nomination forms are available at Self nominations are welcome.

About the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute

The Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute is an innovative program of  the Regional Arts Commission centered on the belief that art has the power to be an agent for positive social change. Founded in 1997, the annual CAT Institute is a five-month curriculum fostering successful
partnerships among artists of all disciplines, social workers, educators, community activists and policy makers with the goal of creating relevant arts programs particularly in under-resourced
community settings such as neighborhood organizations, social service agencies, development initiatives and after-school programs.

Goals include:

* Bringing artists and community workers/social service providers together to understand the others' language and points of view so that successful programming occurs;

* Creating the space for participants to confront and grapple with unique issues in program planning and adaptability, partnership development, hands-on projects, teaching and situational strategies, and
assessment tools;

* Providing an active, progressive experience through a rigorous, mentor based curriculum;

* Fostering an ongoing support system for artists and community organizers /social service providers engaged in community-based work

Selection Process

16 CAT Institute fellows (eight artists of all disciplines and eight community organizers /social service professionals) are selected through a nomination, application and interview process.

Program Structure

CAT Institute fellows are provided with more than 55 hours of training, which occur during intensive, two-day sessions and in lab assignments for five months; ongoing professional development programs are offered to CAT Institute alums.


The rigorous five-month curriculum includes training on partnership and survival strategies, mediation and conflict resolution, learning styles, teaching strategies, public relations, identifying funding sources, legal and liability issues in the arts and social services, assessment techniques and advocacy. Fellows are required to complete homework assignments of extensive reading and the development of team lab programs.


Include lectures, discussions, critical response to reading assignments, site visits, review of case studies, interactions with community, writing assignments, participation in interactive projects with
demonstrations, viewing performances.

2012 / 2013 Session

The annual CAT Institute convenes in November 2012 and will run through March 2013; sessions are held at the Regional Arts Commission's Cultural Resource Center, 6128 Delmar, St. Louis, MO 63112


* Roseann Weiss, Director of Community Art Programs & Public Art Initiatives, St. Louis Regional Arts Commission

Core Faculty

* Jane Ellen Ibur, writer and arts educator

* Renee Franklin, Head of Community and School Programs, Saint Louis Art Museum

* William Cleveland, Director, Center for the Study of Art & Community

* Sue Greenberg, Director, Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts

* Emily Kohring, Theater Instructor, Grand Center Arts Academy

* CAT Institute Alumni and a variety of guest lecturers

More Information: or or 314/ 863-5811 x15.


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