Multi-Arts Center – Bringing People Together Through the Arts

Multi-Arts Center Campaign announcement with blueprint and photos of people making music, art and engaging in theater, dance and yoga.

An Inclusive Multi-Arts Center for Creative Expression, Wellness, and Civic Engagement

An artist's rendition of the future Multi-Arts Center building in Putnam, NY.

The Multi-Arts Center will be housed in a recently purchased building in Patterson, NY.

Art for the Greater Good

The Multi-Arts Center is much more than a place for creative expression. Rather through creative expression and social engagement, the Multi-Arts Center will further the health and wellbeing of people.  It is understood that chronic stress contributes to disease, anxiety and depression. Yet, there is a connection between the arts, healing and public health as evidenced by the American Journal of Public Health.* In addition, according to the Brookings Institute, “Engaging with art is essential to the human experience. Almost as soon as motor skills are developed, children communicate through artistic expression. Empirical evidence supports the claims: the arts challenge us with different points of view, compel us to empathize with “others,” and contribute to the health of civil society, such as increased civic engagement, greater social tolerance, and reductions in other-regarding behavior.” **

In addition, as an organization that enriches the lives of people with disabilities and values diversity and inclusion, CBS has witnessed the therapeutic benefit of creative arts therapy on the population it serves. 

While CBS recognizes the transformative power of the arts, it is keenly aware that the pandemic has further diminished the already tenuous place that arts programming has had in our communities and schools. Bringing people together to explore the arts tackles another epidemic, that of isolation and loneliness, which the pandemic has also exasperated. 

Why Fund the Multi-Arts Center?

  •  The arts promote healing and public health, currently in crisis due to the pandemic.
  •  The arts bring people of all ages together for a shared experience, thereby tackling another epidemic – that of isolation and loneliness.
  •  The arts play a role in civic engagement. Art, in all its forms, is about story. People are invited into the story to tend to different points of view, empathize, and to spark dialogue.
  •  Every aspect of the Multi-Arts Center is designed to be inclusive, from the ADA compliant facilities to the populations served.
  •  Creative expression, the earliest form of human communication, allows people to reflect on past experiences, explore identity, and heal.
  •  The Multi-Arts Center will stimulate economic activity when artists come together to teach, perform, share, and sell their work.
  •  The impact of the Multi-Arts Center will reach throughout the Greater Hudson Valley.
  •  The Multi-Arts Center will create endless opportunities for people to shape a high-quality life.

To learn more about the campaign for the Mulit-Arts Center and how to donate, please visit here.

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