Connecting Creativity & Community. For all your community arts practice, advocacy & delivery needs.
Community Arts Partnership (CAP) believes that community arts practice can affect positive change within society. Our organisation is the central point of contact for the community arts sector in Northern Ireland, offering the widest possible range of assistance to get creative. We also offer information, advice, support, research & advocacy for the sector & the community. CAP offer artist-facilitated socially inclusive cross art form workshop programmes, in a range of settings across the region. We host the Seamus Heaney Awards for New Writing and Achievement (Poetry in Motion Community and Schools programmes) host and convene the ArtsMatterNI campaign, and offer 100s of artist assignments annually across the fullest range of disciplines. 75% of our delivery is within the top quartile of deprivation in NI and in addition, we support BAME communities, disability groups, care-home residents, excluded youth and groups with particular medical needs like autism, dementia etc and the publicWhy the community needs us
We create new literature & verbal arts in schools & communities, visual & public arts, sculpture, to carnival arts, animation & film, all delivered with the highest quality of teaching & art production in our field. Recent highpoints include the inaugural Seamus Heaney poetry award, publishing our Arts & dementia research, 300 artists signing up for our online artists' database, CAPtabase, the Making it events for our Programme for Intercultural Arts Support & our new Intercultural arts reader.Our impact on the community
In 2019/2020, we have 313 artists, 469 groups, 3,010 subscribers to our Weekly e-bulletin & an audience of 400,000. The Arts Council of NI describes CAP as its "long term expert partner in community based arts activity". We create huge societal, personal and creative benefit, offering value for money for funders and we provide creative opportunity at little or no cost to over 5,500 participants annually.
To assist artists with workshops through our arts programme and to help out at celebratory showcase events.