The last weekend in June marked the beginning of the first Placed-Based Community Arts Training Institute in Pagedale. A national model since 1997 and the longest-running training of it kind in the country, the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute promotes cross-sector training of community art partners. The initiation of strong arts programs that generate positive reinforcements inside communities, magnify the voices of those who live there, and create vehicles for positive social change are among the Institute’s goals. For the first time in its 15-year run, the CAT Institute has been adapted to take place inside the Pink House - a space within a neighborhood rather than at the Regional Arts Commission. With Rebuild Foundation and Beyond Housing as its partners, place-based CAT will be a 7-month fellowship in which local residents, artists and practitioners will come together with visiting artists and practitioners who work, or have an interest in working in Pagedale. Fellows will move along a process that supports a group energy effective at imagining arts-based programming that further connects and strengthens the fabric of the neighborhood itself.
On the evening of June 29th, CAT alums and faculty, as well as several local residents, welcomed the first place-based CAT class in an orientation and reception hosted at the Pink House.
The first Place-Based CAT session met from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2012. Session two will be on July 28th.
Meet the 2012 CAT Institute at Pagedale!
JACOB BERKOWITZ, Videographer / Documentarian
CLARENCE BOYKINS, Member of Beyond Housing Board of Directors, Pagedale Community Association, & Wolfpack Youth Association
DORIS M. DUNNE, Graphic Artist
JOHNATHAN MCFARLAND, Community Activist / Community Gardener
TABATHA PATE, Textile Artist / Computer Technologist
ALESHIA SIMONE PATTERSON, Communications Student / Community Organizer with Children Defense Fund Freedom Schools & Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development
KEIDRA D. PELLOQUIN, Multi- media Artist / Editor, GloveBoxX / Alumni Relations Assistant for Webster Groves School District
ANDREA PURNELL, Actor / Communication and Artistic Director for Missouri Institute of Mental Health
CYNTHIA A. REDMOND-JENKINS, Artist / Educator
ERIC SCHWARZ, Founder of Refab / Sustainability Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity St. Louis
CARLIE TROSCLAIR, Visual Artist
SHARON E. WILLIAMS, Youth Facilitator for Wyman Center St. Louis
Photos by Patrick Fuller