An Inclusive Multi-Arts Center for Creative Expression, Wellness, and Civic Engagement
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?
To learn more about the campaign for the Mulit-Arts Center and how to donate, please visit here.