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Why the Creative Arts?

At CPI, we know that access to the arts produces lifelong positive results. Participating in the arts builds empathy, strengthens social and emotional skills, and boosts academic achievement. Children involved in the arts become more active and engaged citizens – voting, volunteering, and participating in their communities at higher rates than their peers.

The arts are especially transformative for young people who have experienced trauma or challenges. Trauma and chronic stress can alter the very architecture of the developing brain. Thankfully, these changes can be reduced when addressed early in life – and engagement in the arts affects precisely the parts of the brain impacted by trauma. 

The arts strengthen parent engagement, broaden parents’ understanding of their children, and provide opportunities for social connections. 

Creative Arts at Home

Join CPI and explore the Theater Arts! Click any link below for inspiration and activities for the whole family.

Interested in learning more about CPI’s Creative Arts Program?

Contact our Deputy Director, Elizabeth Vermilyea at

Community Partners

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