The Regional Arts Commission (RAC), the region’s largest annual funder of the arts dedicated to the cultivation, promotion, and fostering of cultural programming in the St. Louis area, has announced a call for applications for 16 fellowships for its Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute.
The CAT Institute, which was created in 1997, is an innovative five-month curriculum for artists and social service professionals/community organizers who learn to collaborate across sectors of all disciplines and develop programs that can affect positive social change through collaboration. These programs take place in homeless shelters, prisons, at-risk schools, hospices, community centers, daycare facilities, social service agencies, as well as within neighborhoods.
“Programs that emerge from this training generally serve communities that are often overlooked,” said Roseann Weiss, Director, Department of Artist and Community Initiatives/Co-Director of the CAT Institute at RAC. “From poetry workshops in homeless shelters to photography classes for at-risk teens, we have witnessed art changing lives and changing neighborhoods.”
A panel of community arts professionals will select eight artists from any discipline and eight social service providers/community organizers/social activists – to attend the CAT Institute on a scholarship from January 2016 through May 2016.
Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, December 1. Selected applicants will be invited for interviews. The trainings will begin in January 2016. For an application, go to http://racstl.org/art-community/community-arts-training-cat-institute/. Or contact Liz Pund, Community Arts Manager, Department of Artist and Community Initiatives/Co-Director of the CAT Institute, at (314) 863-5811 x 1014 or email@example.com .