WE CELEBRATED CAI's 30th ANNIVERSARY 2000!
Here are some highlights of CAI's work in the 1970's:
1970: created a Music & Art Festival for the Mission Hill Community to bring people from different races and cultures together after a fatal shooting.
1971-72: produced the first Circus of the Arts, a 3-day showcase for Artists in Education with 300 Artists presenting to an audience of over 12,000 at Boston Center for the Arts.
1973-74: designed one of the first multicultural Arts programs to facilitate the desegregation process in the Boston Public Schools. Programs in 39 Boston Schools since 1970.
1975: created and performed a humorous public theater piece on conservation for MassSave Energy Consortium to educate Boston residents about the importance of energy conservation.
1976: CAI's Music That's Good for the Head led thousands of revelers in music and celebration in the very first First Night-Boston.
1977: Developed the Arts component of EdCo's Life Issues Program bringing urban and suburban high school students together to discuss and learn about issues such as jobs, parenting, cultural diversity, and coping with disabilities.
1978: Launched a 6 year collaboration through our Therapeutic Arts Program at the Tileston Alternative Education Center in Mattapan - the first therapeutic arts program in the Boston Public Schools.
1979: Initiated the first Arts-based violence prevention program for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health at a Conference on Domestic Violence.
Highlights of CAI's work in the 1980's:
1980: Created and implemented START NOW Program, a career education program introducing students to careers in the Arts at Roosevelt Middle School in Jamaica Plain.
1981: Collaboration with Migrant Education Center to develop an Arts Program to help children of migrant farm workers from Maine and Massachusetts improve language skills and build self-esteem.
1982: Created Tribal Rhythms Community Performance Series to bring people from different Boston neighborhoods, different races and cultures together through exciting participatory Arts experiences.
1983: Tribal Rhythms Residency at the Winship School in Brighton used music, theater and dance to create shared experiences to help students from both Bilingual and regular classroom programs get to know each other better.
1984: CAI presents its first education reform program for using the Arts to address disruptive student behavior, academic under-achievement, and teacher "burn out."
1985: Beginning of a three-year partnership in 5 Dorchester schools to improve student social skills, and help teachers use the Arts to improve students' academic success.
1986: Published The Teacher-Artist Connection a guidebook to help classroom teachers use the power of the Arts to motivate students and promote learning.
1987: Tribal Rhythms Residency with Very Special Arts/Massachusetts to provide performing arts experiences for students with disabilities, and energize special education teachers with new activities for their programs.
1988: Tribal Rhythms touring program join Young Audiences of MA roster and led Young Audiences National Convention participants in a demonstration of a model interdisciplinary Arts program.
1989: Launched a two-year professional development program at the William Monroe Trotter School in Roxbury to help classroom teachers integrate music and art into the classroom as tools for building new language skills and promote literacy among their students and parents.
Highlights of CAI's work in the 1990's:
1990: A partnership with Roxbury Multi-Service Center to create Arts for Youth at Risk, a therapeutic arts program for staff and teens at 735 House, a community based residential treatment program in Wakefield.
1991: Essay on the impact of Tribal Rhythms in-school programs published in the first ever Harvard Educational Review/Arts As Education Symposium. (Vol.61 Number 3)
1992: CAI launched the Tribal Rhythms Community Partnership, a violence prevention project to create a unified front against youth violence for school age children, through a coalition of after-school programs using the Tribal Rhythms curriculum.
1993: Tribal Rhythms multicultural Arts residencies used to build community and outreach to families at the Tobin and Haggerty Schools in Cambridge and the Bowman School in Lexington.
1994: CAI joins Community Works, a cooperative fundraising coalition dedicated to supporting grassroots organizations working for social change.
1995: Publication of Tribal RhythmsÆ Creating the Village, a Curriculum Guide for Building Community with Children.
1996: CAI launches a touring program for The Story of the Weakest and The Strongest, a participatory performance that uses music, stories and drama to reduce violence and promote respect and cooperation.
1997: Start of ongoing partnerships with the Hooks School in Chelsea and the Healey School in Somerville working with teachers use the Arts to help students build friendships and respect across cultural, racial and linguistic barriers.
1998: Tribal Rhythms Program Developers are the first Artists ever to present the keynote program at the Massachusetts Teachers Association Annual Professional Development Conference.
1999: CAI launches two Spring Forums highlighting At Risk Children and the Challenges Facing After School Programs the Affect Children's' Lives.