Partnerships and Outreach
The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA, or "seek-ah") actively partners with university colleges and departments, as well as arts, service, and community organizations in the middle Tennessee region. The Center has formed ongoing partnerships with the following organizations:
- The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center.
- Humanities Tennessee and the CECA co-present the Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshop, a residential creative writing program for 7th to 12th grade students on the campus of Austin Peay State University.
- The APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology and the CECA collaborate on projects where the arts inform science and science informs the arts.
- The APSU Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center and the CECA continue to develop programming that celebrates and informs all facets of African American cultural life and heritage.
- The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council and CECA co-sponsor the Student Art Gallery (showcasing the work of district high school students) at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center.
- The Robert Penn Warren Birthplace House in Guthrie, Kentucky, co-sponsoring in-service development for Clarksville-Montgomery County School District teachers with the Robert Penn Warren Circle, as well as other events and tributes.
- The Clarksville-Montgomery County School District, sponsoring the in-service learning day for arts educators (music, choir, dance, and visual arts) in the school district.
- The Tennessee State Museum, which loaned the Center Roy Acuff artifacts toward the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence exhibition (curated by Ned and Jacqueline Crouch) in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the of the Acuff Chair endowment.
If your organization is interested in developing community arts and culture events and are interested in possibly collaborating or partnering with CECA, contact Janice Crews, director of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, as (931) 221-7643 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts reaches out to the community through sponsorships, arts education programming, and collaborations.
The Center sponsors an artists-in-schools program, bringing faculty artists and local community artists into classrooms throughout the Clarksville-Montgomery County School District.
The Center initiated the Center Salon Series in summer 2009 in the belief that art can and does happen at any time and in any place. The series ended in 2013 but featured APSU fine arts faculty as well as artists from the community at on- and off-campus venues every month during the academic calendar year.