Cathedral Arts Project
The Cathedral Arts Project (CAP) is the leading provider of comprehensive and ongoing instruction in the visual and performing arts for elementary and middle school students in Duval County, Florida. Our mission is to enrich the quality of life in Northeast Florida through unleashing the creative spirit of young people. By providing access to free, standards-based instruction in the visual and performing arts, we empower underserved, school-aged children to succeed in all areas of their lives. Our vision is for every child in Northeast Florida to have access to a well-rounded, arts-rich education that endows his or her spirit with the imagination, self-confidence and strength of character that inspires great leadership and a will to succeed not just in the classroom, but also in life.
As CAP proudly enters its third decade of service in Jacksonville, we have used quality arts education to help more than 20,000 K-8 students and garnered praise at both the local and national level. In 2013, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities awarded CAP a certificate of excellence as “one of the very top programs of its kind in the country,” and our application to make Jacksonville the 14th site for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ prestigious Any Given Child (AGC) initiative was accepted. AGC Jacksonville is led locally by the Cathedral Arts Project in partnership with Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) and the City of Jacksonville (COJ) to ensure more equitable access to quality arts education for all K-8 students in Duval County. In recognition of CAP’s contribution to arts and education in Northeast Florida, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown officially proclaimed October 2, 2013, Cathedral Arts Project Day.
CAP employs educators to provide free, standards-based, multidisciplinary afterschool and summer instruction in dance, media arts, music, theatre and the visual arts at elementary and middle schools, as well as at community-based organizations. In our rigorous and stimulating programs, students learn the various elements of an artistic form, participate in character-building exercises, and learn effective means of communication – transforming not only their academic and social performance, but also their overall lives. At CAP, we believe art transforms lives.