In a world where social divides run deep, there must exist organizations that not only build bridges, but also engage communities on all sides in closing the divides. This is CSC, a grassroots organization based in Denver, CO with a mission to mobilize arts and education for social justice. CSC's diverse team of artists and educators work with schools, organizations, and communities providing an array of programs and services including: consulting, leadership and professional development, community events, workshops, interactive presentations, performances and assemblies, and school residencies, enrichment, and after school programs.
CSC programs inspire dialogue across differences; raise awareness of root causes and impacts of pressing social issues; and activate a more just & equitable society.
CSC relies on the generous support of volunteers & donors to keep programs alive and accessible! Thank you for joining our team!
Every aspect of our work utilizes the CSC 3 Model integrating: social justice frameworks, arts engagement, and restorative practices. At the core, this innovative approach facilitates meaningful social change, and nurtures individual and collective health and wellbeing in the process.
CSC grew out of a series of circles and participatory action research related to race, education, and the arts in Denver, Boulder, and Albuquerque in 2011 and 2012. Communities called for increased education, dialogue, training, and organizing for social justice and racial equity. With the insight and accountability of an expert advisory team, co-founders Rachael K. Sharp and King Salim Ajanku developed an integrated model for creating long term, community wide impact, integrating the "CSC 3": Social Justice Frameworks, Arts Engagement, and Restorative Practices. Our current programs reflect the issues that are relevant to us as individuals, and our communities: specifically the "school-to-prison pipeline", and the criminalization, brutalization, and mass incarceration of people of color. In August 2013, CSC became an official community partner with Denver Public Schools and facilitated enrichment and after school programs with more than 200 students in three schools.
CSC 3 Intensive Training
"I can't tell you how many times I have referenced this experience..fabulous workshop"
"Very informative and necessary. Very well put together and understood. It's an absolute relief to know that we are embracing these things head on and effectively. I feel honored to be a part and wouldn't have missed it for the world."
"Very informative, insightful, and uplifting. Loved the energy and incorporation of the arts. The facilitators did a great job!"
Social Imagination: Stories for Change
"Your performance was absolutely amazing and moving. You all seem very dedicated and honest about the message. It made me feel connected and ready to make a move towards change."
Middle School Applied Theater
"I learned about culture. I also learned about teamwork. I also learned about how people are different and how we can appreciate that. I also learned that I can express myself in front of others and be proud of who I am. I also learned that people can have a different perspective than you but it's okay."