The Carver School of Visual and Performing Arts (CSVPA) provides community-based arts classes, summer camps, master classes, and artist residencies, which offer children and adults an opportunity to explore a variety of art forms: dance, music, theater, the visual arts and more. With an emphasis on the preservation and celebration of African and African-American art forms, the Carver Community Cultural Center is in a unique position to provide artistic and cultural experiences that celebrate diverse cultures and interests.
Saturday Semester Classes
Each semester reveals an exciting blend of fresh class options, alongside popular favorites in dance, cartooning, acting, art and music. Small class sizes allow our professional instructors to offer students individual attention.
Fresh Options, Familiar Faces
Get more out of your weekends with the Carver’s Saturday Semester Classes, which offer a variety of opportunities for all ages to learn, grow and stay active.
The show must go on, so we’re moving our three-week Dance Intensive and our two DJ Camps online to offer students virtual camp experiences with real-time interaction with instructors and other participants via Zoom. Click to learn more.
Setting the Stage
In Summer 2020, we will offer two of our highly rated performing arts summer camps in dance and music production online, to enjoy from the comfort and safety of home.
Master Classes & Residencies
Community members have an opportunity to connect and interact with professional artists visiting the Carver Community Cultural Center. Whether a lecture-demonstration, in-school visit, panel discussion or workshop, these outreach activities deepen the relationship between the artist and the community and allow for opportunities for each to grow and learn from the other.
Up Close and Personal
Carver Community Cultural Center is a NPN Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN Performance Residency Program. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: npnweb.org
Youth Matinee Series
The Carver Community Cultural Center‘s Youth Matinee Series engages children, teachers and families through the performing arts. By igniting imaginations and introducing students to the diverse cultures of our global community, these performances open doors to greater knowledge and understanding of our world, and foster a love for the arts and learning.
Igniting the kaleidoscope of our imagination
All performances are free and open to the public; however, reservations are required. All matinees begin at 11:00 am and last approximately an hour.
The Carver’s Arts Education program offers public speakers and performances/demos from our roster of art instructors to market and promote the Carver.