In our nearly 25 years of operation, CSA has received numerous awards. In 1995 and 1997, The Community School of the Arts received the Mayor’s Arts Award in the categories of Education and Special Projects.
CSA has been recognized as “one of the top arts and humanities-based programs in the country” by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. The school was also one of 35 finalists for the 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards for its Side-By-Side Visual Arts Apprentice Program.
Additionally, Executive Director Jennifer Willard and senior faculty member Carol Zinavage, who also serves the community as principal keyboardist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, have both received the YWCA Tribute to Women award in the Arts category for their work with the Community School of the Arts.
The School is funded by both private and public sources. We receive significant and generous support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, East Tennessee Foundation, and Bernau Family Foundation, as well as the Cornerstone Foundation of Knoxville, Haslam Family Foundation, and First Presbyterian Church. Other sources for funding comes from St. John’s Endowment, Rotary Club of Knoxville, Frank and Virginia Rogers Foundation, The Clayton Family Foundation, Home Federal Bank, Mount Rest Fund, and LAMP Foundation.
We have operated in the black every year of our existence. We pride ourselves on this history of fiscal responsibility and are serious about accountability to our donors who invest in the success of our school. We could not carry out our mission of providing young people with exposure to arts education and long-term mentoring and guidance without our grant funding and other support.