The nonprofit Community Arts Project has much to celebrate: It recently found a new permanent home in the Chair Factory building, 20700 N. Main St. in Cornelius. The location is just minutes away from their former venue on Oak Street.The Community Arts Project has been a mainstay in the Lake Norman area for more than 15 years, providing programming such as ceramics, painting and printmaking for all ages – from youth up to senior citizens. The organization had been housed in the Cornelius Arts Center on Oak Street through a partnership with the town of Cornelius for the last five years. The ceramics and some of the visual art programming will remain at the Cornelius Arts Center. “After a very beneficial partnership with the town of Cornelius, we are excited to branch out on our own and re-establish our identity as a nonprofit within our community,” said Executive Director Cathy Templeton. “We hope the community and our current students will be excited to come see our new location, and that new folks that are not familiar with us will discover CAP,” said Tracy Keehnle, Community Arts Project’s office manager/program coordinator. “We feel this is a positive step for the growth and development of CAP and allows us opportunities to collaborate with the other businesses in the Chair Factory.”The new space is an older building in a prime location, and Keehnle says it is heavy on charm and visibility. Both women are excited about the program regaining its independence.Striving to create “art within reach,” by keeping fees low and offering classes for all ages, CAP looks forward to expanding programming that has been offered in the past. This includes summer camps, birthday parties, holiday workshops and drop-in art. The mobile programming – hubCAP – allows outreach programs for local events and organizations, and the women hope to expand this program in the future. CAP is seeking instructors to add to their curriculum.CAP has also benefitted from donations from their neighbors, including paint from Sherwin-Williams and signage from Artisan Signs. CAP is in need of goods, services and volunteers to prepare and move into the new space, and is seeking corporate and individual donors to help with funding.“CAP has a unique teaching style and amazing curriculum, unlike anything in the Lake Norman area. We really want folks to come and see what we are all about,” said Keehnle.
Friday, Aug. 16, 2013
Community Arts Project finds new home
Leam more: Community Arts Project will begin fall classes in their new facility the week of Sept. 16. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation, CAP has a new “Donate Now” button on its webpage – www.thecommunityartsproject.org. For information or if you are interested in volunteering, call CAP at its new phone number: 704-896-8980.
Amy Reiss is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Amy? Email her at email@example.com.
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