arts for all

For many in our own community, the cost of participation in visual and performing arts programs prevent them from experiencing the joy, satisfaction, growth and wide range of benefits – developmental, academic, personal and social – that creative endeavors provide. With the generous help of individuals, businesses and organizations, the Community Arts Foundation strives to provide "Arts for All".

What We Do

We provide scholarships and advocacy for arts learning experiences through Center for Community Arts.

Creative Opportunity

At a time when many arts programs are at risk, we strive to ensure that opportunities exist in our community for creative exploration, learning and expression.

Social Connection

Shared art experiences provide social, physical, mental health and academic benefits to seniors, children, families new to our community, and others.

Expanded Access

Residents of all ages, regardless of their financial status, should have access to the personal enrichment and developmental benefits that arts programs provide.

Arts Advocacy

Through community outreach, education and civic advocacy, we work to promote the value and need for arts education and support its expansion.

Who We Help

The Foundation has provided over 1,000 scholarships to children, teens, adults and seniors who otherwise might not enjoy the benefits of creative arts programming.

Children

Art education provides children with critical developmental benefits: motor skills, language, decision making, visual learning, cultural awareness, inventiveness and more.

Teens and Adults

Students with an education rich in the arts have better grade point averages, score better on standardized tests in reading and math, and have lower dropout rates.

Seniors

Researchers find that older Americans involved in the arts demonstrate better health, fewer doctor visits, and less medication usage—saving money and improving quality of life

Donate »

Support arts education in our county with your donation, large or small!

Share »

Help spread the word with friends and neighbors in our community.

Thank You Donors »

Thanks to these generous individuals, businesses and organizations.

Donor Circles

You show your support. We show you our appreciation. Learn more about this invaluable and gratifying giving opportunity.

Learn more Amazon Smile

Visit smile.amazon.com, designate the Community Arts Foundation as your charity, and we receive a portion of your purchase price.

Apply for a Scholarship

Center for Community Arts is for everyone! Since 2006 the Community Arts Foundation (previously the Friends of Civic Arts Foundation) has granted over 1000 scholarships to children, adults and seniors to help pay class, workshop, camp, preschool or other program costs

Income-based financial aid is available for low and moderate income Contra Costa County residents of all ages. Click on the option link below to learn more, review the scholarship eligibility guidelines, and access online or printed application forms.

Questions? Please call Center for Community Arts at 925.943.5846

Why Arts?

It's a fact – arts education enriches the lives of children, teens, adults and seniors in countless ways. Here are just a few examples.

Achievement

A student involved in the arts is four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.

Low Dropout Rate

Low income students with high arts participation have a 4% dropout rate vs. 20% for their peers.

Job Prospects

72% of business leaders say that creativity is the number one skill they are seeking when hiring.

College Graduation

Low income students highly engaged in the arts are twice as likely to graduate college as their peers.

The Art of Aging

For adults 60-93, studies show that creative activities play a vital role in aging healthfully.

Positive Outlook

People actively engaged in arts learning improve their self esteem, confidence and leadership skills.