The Cathedral Arts Project mission is to enrich the quality of life in Northeast Florida through unleashing the creative spirit of young people. By providing access to instruction in the visual and performing arts, we empower school-aged children to succeed in all areas of their lives.


The Cathedral Arts Project was launched in 1993 by a small group of individuals from St. John’s Cathedral. They wanted to provide children in the immediate neighborhood an opportunity for a meaningful education in the arts. They began with one dance class that was attended by 10 students from a transitional housing facility.

Word spread quickly about the program, and soon principals from public schools throughout the city began calling to see if CAP could come to their schools in the afternoon. Within three years, CAP had partnered with 15 elementary schools to provide free dance classes to children, and by 1999, programming had expanded to include instruction in the visual arts and violin.

Though the original intent had never been to form an independent nonprofit, CAP decided to seek incorporation and was designated as a 501(c)(3) charity in 2000. What began as one dance class for 10 students has now served more than 30,000 children in Northeast Florida and beyond. 

CAP is committed to serving the youth of Northeast Florida and believes participation in the arts can be the catalyst for extraordinary change. To that end, CAP will continue to grow its programming until it reaches its vision for tomorrow, and every child has equal access to an arts-rich education.

CAP’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The arts have the power to inspire, unite and create change.

At the Cathedral Arts Project, we embrace collaboration and strive to grow and diversify our partnerships to provide equitable access to arts education that impacts children for the rest of their lives.

We respect and value all identities and differences. We encourage authentic self-expression and are committed to fostering and maintaining an inclusive, supportive and safe environment for all.

We proactively pursue, engage and seek to understand diverse perspectives, because when everyone is empowered, creativity and innovation thrive.

We are stronger together.