CAP History

Beyond any project or performance, the arts add up to a well-rounded life. This belief inspired a group of volunteers to create a neighborhood dance class at St. John’s Cathedral in 1993. And it continues to inspire us today, after 30 years and more than 33,000 students later.

CAP Founded

Founded by Gail Weltsek and a small group at St. John’s Cathedral, CAP offers one dance class to 10 children residing at a nearby transitional housing facility.


Dance Programs Grow

Services grow to include dance programs at area elementary schools.

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Visual Arts and Violin Classes Added

Programs expand to include year-round visual arts and violin classes.

501(c)(3) Designation

CAP incorporates, receives 501(c)(3) designation, and elects its first board of directors.

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First Student Showcase

Inaugural Visual and Performing Arts Showcase is held at Jacksonville’s historic Ritz Theatre and Museum.

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Executive Director Hired

The Rev. Kimberly L. Hyatt is hired as the first executive director. Programs expand to include choral music and theatre, providing all four major artistic disciplines. The National Endowment for the Arts awards CAP its first grant.

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Program Rigor Increases

Arts instruction grows to two afternoons each week throughout the academic year. Staff expands to include a Director of Programs.

Funding and Staff Expansion

Board members broaden financial support from the community. A grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund provides funding to create several new staff positions, including a Development Director, Business Manager and Program Associate.

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Program Effectiveness Analyzed

The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida selects CAP as the only arts organization for a pilot children’s service program to develop a data maintenance and tracking system that analyzes program effectiveness. Inaugural Spring for the Arts event is held to raise funds for arts education in Northeast Florida.

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Guardian of the Arts Award Established

The annual Guardian of the Arts Award is established to honor community members who safeguard and advance the arts along the First Coast.

Three-Year Strategic Plan Created

CAP creates and implements its first three-year strategic plan. Staff expands to include a Director of Community Relations.

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Percussion Classes Added

Programs expand to include year-round visual arts, percussion and violin classes.

Strength During Recession

CAP is the only arts education program in the state of Florida selected to receive an NEA Recovery Act grant, preserving 24 teaching artist jobs in Duval County.

Summer Programs Launch

An Associate Director is hired to enhance CAP’s artistic excellence. Alexandre Renoir, great grandson of famed Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, visits CAP visual arts students. First summer arts program reaches over 900 students, preventing summer learning loss.

Kimberly Hyatt Receives Woman of Vision Award

Kimberly Hyatt receives the Girls Inc. Woman of Vision Award for Arts Achievement. Director of Programs Sally Giles wins the Excellence Award for Supervisor for Multi-Site Programs from the Florida After School Alliance.

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CAP Becomes Member of the Arts Education Partnership

The Arts Education Partnership approves CAP as an official partner organization. Six newly created partnerships increase contracted services revenue.

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Any Given Child Jacksonville Launches

CAP celebrates its 20th anniversary. Jacksonville becomes the 14th host city for the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child initiative. The initial phase of AGC Jacksonville begins and CAP collaborates with the community to complete the planning phase.

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CAP Becomes AGC Jacksonville Host Organization

CAP becomes the host organization for AGC Jacksonville and hires an Executive Director for the advocacy initiative.

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CAP Offices Relocate to Downtown Jacksonville

Administrative offices are relocated to the historic Elks Building in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Business Journal names CAP one of the Best Places to Work. Quarterly art exhibitions begin in the Heather Moore Community Gallery. The NEA awards one of 15 collective impact grants to CAP for its leadership role in the AGC Jacksonville initiative.

CAP Becomes Professional Development Provider for DCPS

CAP, AGC Jacksonville and WJCT host “Arts Education: Lift Every Voice” to discuss access to and equity in arts education for students of color. CAP becomes an official professional development provider for Duval County Public Schools. The NEA awards one of only 37 Art Works: Creativity Connects grants to CAP.

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Charity Navigator Awards CAP Highest Rating

Kimberly Hyatt is selected as one of the Jacksonville Business Journal’s Ultimate CEOs. Charity Navigator awards CAP its highest-possible rating for outstanding financial health, transparency and accountability. Founded in recognition of CAP’s 25th Anniversary, the Curators Society is launched. CAP’s inaugural golf tournament is held at Deerwood Country Club. Chief Program Officer and Any Given Child Executive Director Allison Galloway-Gonzalez receives an Innovator in Education award from the Jacksonville Business Journal.

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Teaching Artist Fellowships Begin

CAP celebrates its 25th anniversary. The 14th annual Spring for the Arts moves downtown. to The River Club and raises a record-breaking $650,000+. CAP teaching artist Tony Rodrigues wins the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s Arts Educator of the Year award for his work with students at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility. Camp Encore, a multidisciplinary arts summer camp for children ages 6-11, is launched. CAP’s full-time teaching artist fellowship program begins and hires its first theatre fellow.

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CAP Launches LEAD

CAP, in partnership with DCPS and Ingenuity, Inc., launches LEAD (Landscape of Education in the Arts in Duval), an NEA-funded project that includes a survey, analysis and report of arts education opportunities at DCPS schools and throughout the community. A second teaching artist fellow is hired to teach string classes and create the CAP String Orchestra.

Programs Taught Virtually During Covid-19

Two additional teaching artist fellows are hired, specializing in art therapy and dance. Programs shift from in-person to virtual instruction at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 70 virtual courses are taught by four teaching artist fellows.

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LEAD artlook® Map Launches

Virtual and hybrid programs continue in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The LEAD artlook® map is introduced to the Jacksonville community. Two new positions are created - VP of Advocacy & Community Engagement, and VP of Strategy & Operations - to lead advocacy efforts for accessible arts education and guide the implementation of CAP's three-year strategic plan.

CAP Receives Largest Gift in Organization's History

CAP receives 3.75 million from the Foley Family Foundation. The NEA awards CAP its third Collective Impact award to support LEAD. Long-time CAP student and CAP String Orchestra member William Bell is awarded 2nd prize at the Crescendo International Music Competition and performs at Carnegie Hall. Kimberly Hyatt celebrates 20 years as CAP President & CEO. A grant from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville allows CAP to create a classroom space on the second floor of the Elks Building.

CAP Celebrates 30 Years

CAP celebrates its 30th anniversary with a mayoral proclamation of Cathedral Arts Project Day on January 30. The 18th annual Spring for the Arts brings in a record-breaking $800,000+ to support arts education. The CAP String Orchestra Trio is awarded 1st prize at the Crescendo International Music Competition and performs at Carnegie Hall. CAP acquires Connecting Thru Music, expanding its therapeutic arts programs to include music therapy. Thousands of elementary school students attend CAP’s pilot field trip initiative.

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And that’s just the beginning. CAP will continue to advocate for and provide arts education to school-aged children in Northeast Florida.