From preschoolers to seniors, from refugee families to adults with special needs, in community centers and in housing developments, Carpe Diem Arts creates opportunities for people from all walks of life to participate in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Partnerships with local schools, nonprofits, and a team of master teaching artists, all make it possible. The menu of programs (reaching 6,000 people annually) is impressive: early childhood arts enrichment helps the youngest artists develop new skills; children in grades 3-5 attend arts-infused language immersion camps; low-income teens express their creativity during after-school programs; ukulele lessons inspire budding musicians in senior centers, correctional facilities, and summer camps. And at community-wide dances and celebrations, people of all ages, abilities, and cultures come together, embodying what this organization is all about. Seize the day!
Carpe Diem was successful in moving the majority of its programs (with the exception of the monthly Community Dances, language immersion, sleepaway summer camps, and Housing Opportunities Commission programs) to virtual platforms. The largest feat was the pivot from live to virtual for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Festival which in the end drew more than 6,250 attendees. Family Fun nights continue, as do virtual community family sings, community events like parent workshops, quilting conversations, girls’ clubs, healthy cooking classes, and dance for fun and fitness – online, of course.