Our mission is to provide area teens with hands-on experience in the arts in a professional environment that encourages excellence in learning, performance and service.

Community Arts Experience, Inc. (C.A.E.) provides a 21st Century Learning arts curriculum to youth 7 - 18 years of age. Nine (9) modules are offered to provide instruction to participants in a hands-on environment. A combination of technical instruction and real world experience exposes participants to careers in the world of arts.

The purpose of the academy is to provide area youth with a broader range of life choices by exposing them to the numerous careers available in the arts community. The modules available are Music Appreciation, Theatre Arts, Fashion/Graphic Design, Technology, Multimedia, Dance, Culinary Arts, Invention-Art, and Business Management. C.A.E. currently serves over 200 Stark County youth, and has two (2) satellite locations within the Canton and Massillon, Ohio areas - expanding to Beaufort County, S.C. and Farrell, P.A. by December 2013. Our organization is proud to say that we have a direct economic impact within the Stark County community in which we serve. As of FY2013, we directly contributed $77k in the form of stipends for students and mentors within the service area. Unlike our competitors’, C.A.E. has an all encompassing diversified business model – strategically designed to educate students about financial literacy and professional accountability.

For C.A.E. to maintain a standard of excellence, innovation, growth and opportunity, we depend on our community network of local professionals, business’, and civic organizations to support our mission through mentoring partnerships. Internship opportunities for local college students in related majors or programs are also provided.

C.A.E.’s programming has been proven to decrease behavioral problems; improve social and communication skills; improve relationships with others including peers, teachers, and parents; increase community involvement; broadened world views; increase self-confidence and self-esteem. We want to encourage our participants to create their own pathways in life, and to use their entrepreneurial skills on behalf of their communities as well as societies throughout the world.

1. Success in School

2. Success in Society

3. Success in Developing Intelligence

4. Success in Life

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