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Define your art. Define yourself. Define your future.

Welcome to the Community School of the Arts! We’re thrilled to introduce our new brand, as designed by the talented and generous bunch over at the Best Behavior Creative Club, and to roll out our new motto: Define your art. Define yourself. Define your future.

Recently, an 8-year-old student said to me, “I live in a bad neighborhood and I go to a bad school.” That is her definition of herself: the streets on which she lives. At the Community School of the Arts, we want her to be more than her environment or family situation.  We want her to be able to say, “I am an artist, I am a singer, I play the piano, I am dancer, I am a mathematician.” Studies show that at-risk children are three times as likely to graduate from college if they receive systematic arts training on a weekly basis. We are here to give children that leg up by providing quality education in all the arts for free. We recognize that by doing so, we let a child not only define herself but define her future as well.

We hope you’ll jump on the bandwagon, and take the time to peruse what we have to offer. And watch this space for updates!

Best wishes,

Jennifer Willard,
Executive Director


We’re TOP 50!

We’re top 50!

The Community School of the Arts’ Side-By-Side Visual Arts Apprentice Program is one of 50 finalists for the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, a signature initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Service to showcase cultural excellence and enhance the availability of out-of-school arts and humanities programs to children and young people. The final 12 winners will be announced at the end of June, and each will receive a check for $10,000 at a White House ceremony in October.

Wish us luck!

CSA Alumni Charles Myers returns!

CSA alum Charles Myers returns to teach Culinary Arts Workshop

CSA alum Charles Myers took four eager students under his tutelage in the First Presbyterian Church kitchen tonight for lessons in peeling, roasting and baking. The results were absolutely delicious!

Charles Myers shows Felicia Harris, left, and Kierra Webb, right, how to use an ice cream scoop to distribute even amounts of cupcake batter.


Arts Showcase Breakfast 2/28/15!

Be our guest at the Community School of the Arts Showcase Breakfast

You’re invited to enjoy a sumptuous breakfast, learn about our award-winning programs, and marvel at our featured performers!

Friday, February 28, at 7 a.m.
Breakfast buffet opens at 7:30 a.m.
Program Program concludes promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Fellowship Hall First Presbyterian Church 620 State Street Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Please R.S.V.P by calling 865-523-5684 or e-mailing by Tuesday, February 25, 2014