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ABOUT CCE

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MISSION

CCE reinvents education through the arts.

Creative approaches are infused into classroom curriculum and after school settings, to enhance the teaching of traditional academic subjects - improving each child's learning potential and academic performance, increasing overall enthusiasm about school and shaping more productive, responsible community members that exercise creative problem solving throughout life.


OVERVIEW

The Center for Creative Education (CCE) has just completed its 19-th year of service to the children of Palm Beach County. CCE uses the arts in schools and after-school settings to enhance the teaching of traditional academic subjects. This Arts Integrated method of teaching improves each child's learning potential and academic performance, which also increases their overall enthusiasm for school. Research shows arts education shapes more responsible community members, who exercise creative problem solving throughout life.

The teaching artists of CCE use the arts to enrich and transform children's educational experience at more than 50 underperforming schools all over Palm Beach County. Last year we served more than 12,000 children from Boynton Beach to Jupiter and West Palm to Belle Glade.

This work supports our Vision of "Reinventing Education through the Arts".


PLANNING

CCE's Board of Directors is committed to ensuring that the work done by our organization is sustainable well into the future. The Board has completed a solid, five-year strategic plan for CCE. We are more committed than ever to ensuring that programming - the core of CCE- remains our most important focus.

Our goals are that we reduce long-term debt, ensuring that our operating costs are at, or below, recognized national standards and that we continue to increase the programming to our community.

 


THE NEW BUILDING

Since our creation in 1994, CCE has been providing arts integrated programming all over Palm Beach County. We continue to do that outreach; but now we have a new home! In July of 2013 we moved into our new Center- a former roller rink in the Northwood Village section of West Palm Beach.

This cultural and educational center gives us a place of our own to provide classes for children and adults, teacher and artist training and special programs for the community that further the goals of creative learning. It's been a busy first year with:

  • Hundreds of art classes
  • Art shows and demonstrations
  • Community meetings
  • Fundraising event - “Circus at the Center”

We are renovating the building in phases so that CCE can complete this project without going into debt. The entire space is 18,000 square feet and we’ve renovated about 40% of that so far. We’re raising funds right now to complete another 20% that will add much-need classrooms. In this phase we will be building out two art studios, a computer lab, a science lab and large public restrooms. We’ve made the commitment to only build what we can pay for, and with your support, we hope to begin building soon!

Naming opportunities are available for gifts made to support the continued renovation. Help us keep growing!

      The Center 2009 - 2010


                                                     The Center Today


OPERATION NUTS AND BOLTS

'Operation Nuts and Bolts' signifies our focus on establishing and maintaining the basic foundation of CCE. Programming is the reason we exist, and to continue to provide classes to the children of Palm Beach County we must ensure we have a strong financial foundation. CCE gets a large portion of its funding from grants, but most grants offer funding only for programming and allow little or nothing toward operations and overhead. Yet these costs are very real!

Many private donors also wish to dedicate their donations to programming, which is most appreciated!! But we also have a responsibility to support the infrastructure of our operation. The continuation of our work depends upon having a solid financial bedrock and we are asking donors to help us secure our future. So that together, we’ll have a profound impact on our community through arts education.

 


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