Creating Compassionate Communities Fund 


“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”

- Cesar A. Cruz

The Creating Compassionate Communities Series (CCC) builds on the CPA”s commitment to social justice through artistic literacy. CCC projects delve into sensitive and divisive topics of race, class, gender, religion, ability, and sexual orientation with the goal of bringing people together through conversation and performances. CCC supports artists by sharing their authentic stories, creating a safe space for community and campus members to connect, process, heal, and seek equity-focused solutions together.

The Center for Performing Arts Creating Compassionate Communities (CCC) program engages diverse communities in accessible public performances celebrating the beauty of authentic cultural heritage while breaking down accessibility barriers and empowering youth.

Our CCC program includes performances, enhancement activities such as master classes, artist talk backs, Beyond Conversation Discussion Panels and pre & post show cultural celebrations. Examples of past events are: The Laramie Project performance and discussion with Judy Shepard, Mike Wiley's "Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till, Beyond Conversation Series," and most recently the world premiere of "Red Summer."

CCC builds on the CPA's passionate commitment to social justice through artistic literacy.

“Before we can achieve unity, we need to disturb, disrupt, dismantle biases and stereotypes, so we can educate, connect, and empower. The Center seeks to create what the late John Lewis called “good trouble,” a welcomed tension to effect change.”

– Lana Rogachevskaya

Consider giving to the Creating Compassionate Communities Fund today!

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