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OUR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE


In October 2007, Waukesha Community Arts Project received its 501c(3) status and opened its doors to its first after-school program at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, which generously donated the use of their youth room.

We have since added drama, dance and creative writing to the original visual arts programs.

WCAP is now located at 320 South Street, in the Downtown Waukesha Arts District.

In 2012, WCAP received the Key to the City Award!

In 2013, our Teen Leadership Council launched with the support of the Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County. In this program, high school students grow into mentors, community art makers and leaders.

We believe the future depends on empowering every child to develop his or her imagination, compassions and leadership skills with creative expression.

PROGRAMS
After-school programs

- Our after school programs provide classes in visual arts, drama, dance and creative writing.
- Each class has units lasting 6-10 weeks.
- The after-school programs serve middle school students.
- Instruction is provided to teach skills and techniques, and plenty of time is allowed for the participants to practice and experiment with the media.
- Participants work with the staff to determine a community outcome of each unit. - Past unit outcomes have included an exhibit, building lending libraries for other nonprofits and drama performances.

For more information: You can read about our current units and events on our blog, or call us at (262) 408-5482.

High School

In 2013, our Teen Leadership Council began with support from the Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County. In this program, high school students grow into mentors, community art makers and leaders.

For more information: You can read about our current units and events on our blog, or call us at (262) 408-5482.

MISSION

The mission of the Waukesha Community Arts Project is to help adolescents reach their own potential by developing self-expression, creativity, problem-solving skills, leadership skills and community involvement through quality after-school art experiences.

PRINCIPLES

Waukesha Community Arts Project was founded on the following principles:

1. Regular participation in art after-school programming develops original and creative problem-solving skills, along with increasing self-esteem, self-discipline and motivation.
2. As students learn how to give and receive constructive criticism, freedom of expression is developed for themselves and others. Their interpersonal skills improve and they learn to accept and value different perspectives.
3. Each art unit will have a community activity/event to facilitate relationships between the youth and its community.
4. Programming will be free to middle school students to encourage a diverse membership.
5. Leadership will be encouraged during the middle school arts after-school program’s community activities/events, and the High School Leadership Program.