CAP is transforming the way it delivers arts education.

Through a new and unique teaching artist fellowship model, CAP is:
  • Reaching more than three times as many children
  • Elevating the arts in Northeast Florida
  • Enhancing organizational strength and sustainability
  • Building a replicable model for organizations nationwide
  • Creating positive lifelong change for countless children

Campaign Growth & Impact

Teaching Artist Fellowship: A New Model

In 2017, the CAP board and staff, community members and national representatives from numerous sectors gathered to rethink, redefine and reimagine how to expand CAP’s reach to more children while maintaining the quality of its programs.

What emerged is a new model – one that is allowing CAP to reach more children in more ways while strengthening the arts throughout Northeast Florida and building a sustainable future for the organization and community.

CAP is transitioning from its longstanding model of a large roster of part-time teaching artists to a smaller team of full-time teaching artist fellows. 

The anticipated benefits quickly became evident while testing the new model. CAP hired its first full-time theatre teaching artist fellow in 2018 and within two years added three full-time teaching artist fellows, one each for dance, music and visual arts. Wide-ranging impacts have already been made possible through strong program partnerships and philanthropic investment.

As the model is fully implemented, two lead fellows—one each in visual and performing arts—will teach classes while also mentoring and managing a team of teaching artist fellows.

The Teaching Artist Fellow Difference

Teaching artist fellows are reaching more children – currently more than double the number reached through CAP’s previous model. The infusion of talent in full-time positions increases the quality and rigor of CAP programs.

How CAP Is Doing It

Unlike a traditional capital campaign for buildings or endowment, REIMAGINE aims to double CAP’s annual revenue, fully implement the fellowship model and more than triple its reach and impact.

By 2026, demonstrable outcomes and widening donor engagement will result in substantial annual contributions of $4.4 million and beyond.

Our goal is ambitions, and with your support it is attainable. The chart below illustrates CAP’s past growth and plans for sustained annual growth totaling $21 million through the campaign.

Areas of Support

Students & Programs

An arts-rich education requires students to have art supplies, scripts, costumes, dance shoes, instruments, sheet music and so much more. Field trips require travel, and guest artist visits require additional supplies for special projects. Investment for general operating costs is needed to maintain CAP programs and, most importantly, to underwrite the participation of each CAP student, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances.

Teaching Artist Fellows

CAP will continue to recruit national leaders in arts education to lead its student programs. Two lead fellows and 15 teaching artist fellows will be selected to teach at least 10 year-long programs each. They will also collaborate with local artists and educators and build community partnerships. Funding for this fellowship model is the key to an effective and cost-efficient path to reach as many children as possible, while maintaining standards for high-quality arts education.

Exhibitions & Performances

CAP students and fellows work tirelessly through the year and earn the opportunity to showcase their skills at exhibitions and performances through the community. Students develop the technical skills to prepare for these moments through instruction in the arts. Along the way, the arts develop their unique strengths – like confidence, creative thinking, self-respect, empathy and perseverance – that remain with children for a lifetime.

Campaign Total

We hope you are inspired to join us in positively impacting the lives of children and transforming our community for the better.


Why has CAP decided to start a campaign?

Since 1993, CAP has seen the power of arts education in terms of helping students become more successful in school and in life. CAP believes now is the right time to grow its operating budget to reach more students in the coming decade.

Is CAP taking over the responsibility of arts education for Duval County Public Schools?

CAP is not taking over arts education in Duval County Public Schools. Over the years CAP has been able to supplement arts education in DCPS by adding depth and breadth to standard public school arts offerings. For example, CAP offers programs in violin, art as therapy, jazz dance technique, theatre and more, whereas most public elementary and middle schools are able to offer only basic music and art classes, and often no dance or theatre classes. CAP has a critical role to play in this regard.

Are CAP programs only offered to DCPS? Do you partner with other organizations?

DCPS is CAP’s largest partner, but CAP programs are also held in a variety of locations including, but not limited to, charter schools, community centers and local afterschool organizations like Boys and Girls Clubs and Youth Crisis Center. CAP also offers programs for children and young adults with disabilities, as well as those involved in, or at risk of entering, the juvenile justice system.

Is the fellowship model common or is this an innovative approach?

No other organization in the country uses this unique model to leverage such far-ranging outcomes. CAP is creating a model that can be replicated by communities across the nation. The fellowship model can be deployed at a cost of just double the budget of CAP’s traditional teaching model while reaching more than three times the number of children and creating a more flexible and nimble organization.

Learn More and Get Involved

Contact Doug Walker, Vice President of Philanthropy, at