Carbondale Community Arts is a not-for-profit arts organization that has encouraged the creative culture of Southern Illinois since 1987. Beginning with “Arts in Celebration,” southern Illinois’ first multi-arts festival, and expanding to become a full-service local arts agency, CCA has worked closely with the City of Carbondale and the Illinois Arts Council (IAC) to integrate the arts in the daily lives of our citizens.
The overarching mission of Carbondale Community Arts is to cultivate, nurture, and celebrate the creativity of our total community. This mission is advanced by
- promoting and facilitating access to and popular appreciation of the arts throughout the greater Carbondale community;
- expanding available avenues and developing new resources for learning and participation in the arts by community youth; and
- encouraging the emergence and development of cultural opportunities for citizens throughout Southern Illinois.
Carbondale Community Arts was incorporated as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in 1987 under the leadership of area artists Kathy Sanjabi and Bonnie Moreno. Its original purpose was to produce a multi-arts festival designed to heighten awareness of the arts for residents of Southern Illinois. The resulting event, Arts in Celebration, continued as biennial outdoor weekend festival for twenty years and served as a springboard for many continuing arts and culture traditions.
CCA is governed by a volunteer board of directors (see list on this page) that works with the organization’s professional staff to advance the organization’s mission and guide its many programs. CCA’s offices are located in Hickory Lodge (1115 West Sycamore Street), administrative headquarters of the Carbondale Park District, which has been a long--time supporter and program partner.
CCA also maintains a gallery at the Carbondale Civic Center (Civic Center Corridor Gallery).
Financial support for CCA is provided by the City of Carbondale, the Illinois Arts Council, local businesses and civic institutions, and individual donors Significant in-kind contributions are also a critical component of CCA’s community support.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Local Arts Agency Services
Over its 25 year history CCA has expanded in scope and impact to become a local arts agency that serves Carbondale’s residents and visitors on a daily basis. The office staff is available to answer questions from individuals and other arts organizations and consult with local units of government to provide assistance with arts-related programming.
Southern Arts Fund Community Arts Access Program
Since 1999 CCA has participated in the Illinois Arts Council’s Community Arts Access Program, regranting state and federal funds to artists and to arts organizations in Illinois’ southernmost 26 counties through the Southern Arts Fund.
Educational Outreach Programs
Since 1997 The All Southern High School Theatre Project has offered talented students from around the region an opportunity to access college-level theatre training as they rehearse and prepare for the culminating production of SIUC’s McLeod Summer Playhouse.
Since 2007 Poetry Out Loud has provided high school students throughout the southern Illinois region with opportunities to excel in the arts outside the classroom.
From 2009-2011, CCA partnered with Columbia College to bring the arts-centric family involvement programming to Carbondale Elementary Distrct 95 through Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC).
ArtWorks in Schools
Educational outreach of another variety is exemplified in “ArtWorks in Schools,” a CCA program that placed significant works of art in each of Carbondale’s public schools. [Click here for a photo gallery of ArtWorks installations.]
Throughout the year CCA manages a gallery at the Carbondale Civic Center (Civic Center Corridor Gallery.) Exhibits are generally rotated on a monthly basis and feature works by local and regional artists.
Other Public Arts Programming
Biennial Multi-arts Exhibitions
CCA continues the tradition of Arts in Celebration with Biennial Exhibitions at the SIUC University Museum, which are typically accompanied by complementary exhibits in other venues. Opening receptions for these exhibits are often coordinated with each other and/or with related performances to create a September Night gallery crawl features campus and community venues.
In addition to its fine and performing arts involvement, CCA frequently seizes opportunities to host humanities exhibits and special events. Most recently, in the autumn of 2011, CCA worked with program partners throughout the southern Illinois region and with the Illinois Humanities Council to host the Smithsonian Institution’s Museums on Main Street program “The Way We Worked” at the SIUC University Museum. Along with this visiting exhibit about the post-industrial revolution history of America’s workforce, CCA volunteers worked with Museum staff to create a companion exhibit, “Working in Southern Illinois.”