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The Mission of the Cultural Arts Coalition, Arizona: 501 (c) 3, a nonpartisan organization in existence since 2005: identifying, analyzing, promoting, celebrating and documenting community and educational project-based, multidisciplinary learning practices.
Vision: The work stimulates social awareness and advocacy: honors diverse cultural values; supports analytical, creative, and human and leadership skill set development for personal transformation and collective change. It is also nurtures relationships and promotes a sense of belonging and respect within a larger community recognizing the value of each individual.
In Practice: The Cultural Arts Coalition builds upon individual and community capacities and resources through core values and guiding principles of practice (http://artsCARE.org/cac3.text.shtml). Coalition work is collaborative, egalitarian, relationship-oriented and celebrative. Through educational programming the Cultural Arts Coalition provides safe spaces for reflective thinking, dialogue, and action (utilizing the arts as symbolism and metaphor) to explore universal human themes. Experiences are focused on personal growth as well as community action, toward an enhanced quality of life for all.
Since ancient human history, people have had a need to represent their beliefs, values and emotions in physical, artistic forms taking the shape of symbols, symbolic objects and performance. These metaphors can be more powerful than language as a means of communication. The Cultural Arts Coalition believes that everyone can use the arts to Reflect, Express and Discover. Every person can Create, regardless of age, economics, social position, education, geography, gender, culture, or any other aspect of human existence. In this purposeful manner of art making, the value of the created object is in the one who created it. The object is a representation of its maker. Practitioners with the Cultural Arts Coalition use art making and cultural forms as modalities to enrich the life journey of every person, individually and in community.
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