Community Arts Programs

CEPA Gallery - Michelle Obama presents the PCAH National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

Recognized by Michelle Obama with a 2013 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, CEPA’s nationally celebrated community arts programs create opportunities for children throughout Buffalo and Western New York to come together and learn in a unique and supportive arts education environment.

Under the instruction of our teaching artists, students of all ages engage in film photography, digital photography, pinhole cameras, darkroom printing, digital graphic design, animation, creative writing and bookmaking. CEPA also works with girl and boy scout troops, the Boys & Girls Clubs, Community Action Organization, and numerous other community-based groups.

Jose Lagares, 18, center, gets a hug from first lady Michelle Obama, left, as Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts, Inc., Education Director Lauren Tent of Buffalo, N.Y., watches at right, at the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, where Lagares and Tent were presented with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Bring CEPA to Your Community

To bring one of CEPA’s community arts programs to your community, or to design an ongoing program, contact our Education Director Lauren Tent:

  • By phone at (716) 856-2717

Together, we can put together a customized community arts program that suits the needs of your youth, your community, and your budget.

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