Community Arts Create
CAC was started in 2011 with a goal of using art as a vehicle for community development and social engagement. CAC explores the intersection between arts, community, and culture. As our social and cultural landscape changes, we need to be able to understand the customs and traditions that are contributing to that change. A clash of culture doesn't need to be violent or guided by anger. A clash of culture can be fruitful, exciting, and guided by passion, strength, and kindness. This is why we exist, to be a participant in the global effort to see and acknowledge each other, contribute to a collective identity, and reenforce the support systems to grow individually and find the strength in our vulnerability and personal mythology.
We foster values intrinsic to art and creativity: collaboration, patience, sensitivity, celebration of our similarities and differences, exploration, self-discovery, empathy, and compassion.
We realize that southeast Seattle represents an amalgam of culture unique to the United States. CAC strives to be a contributing and unifying agent, using art as a vehicle to explore our collective, cultural histories.
Community Arts Create is an Associated Program of Shunpike.
Shunpike is a 501c3 non-profit literary and art service organization, whose mission is to strengthen the Seattle arts community by partnering with small and mid-size arts groups to develop the business tools they need to succeed. It was founded in 2001 to support a vibrant and diverse local arts community where arts groups of all sizes could thrive. Working in close partnership with these groups, Shunpike helps solve problems quickly and imports vital skills in finance, organizational management, and arts administration. Since inception, it has supported the work of more than 2,000 artists in live performance, film, literary arts, visual arts, and arts education.