Mission

The Community Arts Caucus (CAC) is a special issues group of the National Art Education Association (NAEA). It is our mission to foster a diverse and inclusive national network of Community Arts practitioners, artists, educators, students, and researchers that work to represent and advance the concerns of members and the field. We encourage the development of relationships among those who teach art during school and outside of school within their communities. We are advocates for the professionalization and recognition of Community Arts, and assist in providing leadership in the professional development of Community Arts practitioners and researchers. We are working for greater support of the work of Community Arts practitioners and researchers within the field of art education, and to encourage the advancement of art education outside of schools, in community settings, and for school-community partnerships.

Goals (at formation in April of 2012)
To accomplish its mission, the Community Arts Caucus:

  1. Fosters a diverse and inclusive national network of Community Arts practitioners, including practitioners, artists, educators, students, and researchers, that works to represent and advance the concerns of members and the field.
  2. Encourages the development of relationships among those who teach art during school and outside of school within their communities.
  3. Advocates for the recognition of Community Arts.
  4. Assists in providing leadership in the professional development of Community Arts practitioners and researchers.
  5. Works for the greater support for the work of Community Arts practitioners and researchers within the field of art education.
  6. Works to encourage the advancement of art education outside of schools, in community settings, and for school-community partnerships.

    Cover Image Credit:  Community Arts Caucus Field Trip, YaYa Arts in New Orleans, NAEA Nationals 2015.

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