Creative Arts Workshop is one of the few places in Connecticut with the space, flexibility, and variety of disciplines, mediums, and equipment to support interest in engaging in creativity in a variety of ways–from hands-on work in our studio classrooms to engaging with art in our gallery spaces.
We make, exhibit, and talk about art here. Last year we held more classes than ever for a more diverse student body and filled the galleries with more pieces that explored socially relevant themes. Exhibitions addressed the sense of place, the properties of matter and physical connectivity in a digital world, and freedom from the constraints of everyday form and expectation. Our most ambitious and successful exhibit to date, Sanctuary Cities and the Politics of the American Dream, fostered cultural understanding in our diverse community, and opened discourse between immigrant artists from around the U.S., thought leaders, policymakers, advocates, and the public on issues of place, cultural identity, and dislocation.
We believe that to create freely is to live fully–the arts and creativity are fundamental to us all. Our vision for CAW is as a visual arts and creativity center that welcomes and supports that pursuit for all–and that everyone who wishes to engage in creativity can do so here at CAW and in the Audubon Arts District.
We are developing a new path for CAW that expands the accessibility of our programs to anyone who wishes to take a class or workshop. Our ability to do that will depend on our partnerships with individuals, foundations and corporations that believe, as we do, that access to the arts isn’t for a select few. We began in 2021 simplifying the process for applying for financial assistance. This has been so popular that we need to replenish those financial aid funds. We hope you will help.
CAW is a vital part of New Haven’s notable vibrant cultural life, nurturing creativity and learning in 8+ arts disciplines, offering exhibitions and programs, and supporting creativity for all–artists, avocationalists, and also those who do not identify as artists. And, to help the New Haven region’s residents leverage that which is essential in all of us–creativity. And, in so doing, thrive.
We see a state-of-the-art CAW that is bustling, thriving. We envision an arts center that everyone wants to be a part of, and we also see a vital new path that seeks and embraces and offers services to a public that needs creativity to thrive in their work lives, even if they don’t identify themselves as being connected at all to the arts. And that is made possible through the generosity of our donors. Thank you.
You can help.