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".
We provide scholarships and advocacy for arts learning experiences through Center for Community Arts.
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.
Shared art experiences provide social, physical, mental health and academic benefits to seniors, children, families new to our community, and others.
Residents of all ages, regardless of their financial status, should have access to the personal enrichment and developmental benefits that arts programs provide.
Through community outreach, education and civic advocacy, we work to promote the value and need for arts education and support its expansion.
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.
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
It's a fact – arts education enriches the lives of children, teens, adults and seniors in countless ways. Here are just a few examples.
A student involved in the arts is four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.
Low income students with high arts participation have a 4% dropout rate vs. 20% for their peers.
72% of business leaders say that creativity is the number one skill they are seeking when hiring.
Low income students highly engaged in the arts are twice as likely to graduate college as their peers.
For adults 60-93, studies show that creative activities play a vital role in aging healthfully.
People actively engaged in arts learning improve their self esteem, confidence and leadership skills.