Community Arts Practices

The Certificate in Community Arts Practices (CAP) at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture offers an interdisciplinary opportunity to engage communities’ intergenerational stories, histories and cultures to creatively address contemporary challenges and to reimagine our collective future.

During a time when society at-large is being examined through multiple crises surrounding race, health, economy and climate, among other issues, Tyler’s CAP certificate offers what few undergraduate programs provide today: socially-engaged art making that emphasizes the creative process and object as well as their social implications.

Deeply-rooted in Tyler’s larger mission and values, CAP exists at the intersection of art, academics and activism. Students bring a range of backgrounds and interests—from urban and environmental studies, to racial justice and community development, to LGBTQIA+ studies and more—and integrate these aspects into their work.

Guided by an award-winning faculty of practicing, community-based artists, students perform community-focused research and collaborate with community members on project designs that range from traditional to experimental to innovative. Their interdisciplinary site-specific installations, performances, multimedia productions and public art exhibitions address complex community issues, stimulate dialogues and garner critical acclaim.

CAP students learn invaluable critical and technical skills to make positive change through active citizenship in areas they care about, and develop a greater sense of responsibility, empathy, inclusivity and leadership. These attributes and experiences prepare students for graduate programs in their areas of interest and successful careers.

Fieldwork, internships and partnerships
Students tackle today’s most complex social, political and economic challenges through direct engagement with Philadelphia’s vibrant neighborhoods, including partnerships with families, organizations, housing developments, activist campaigns, local artists and more to create art based on the lives, stories and shared experiences of the city’s diverse communities.


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Upcoming Events

Lecture Series and Seminars

  • January 27, 2021
  • 5:30pm

Heather Raquel Phillips’ creates critical and celebratory disruptions that welcomes conversations about power, deviance, failure and desi...

  • February 03, 2021
  • 5:30pm

Henry Bermudez’s interest in the visual representations of cultures and mythologies have appeared in his work in varying forms during his...

  • February 10, 2021
  • 5:30pm

Hailing from Scotland, Michelle Millar Fisher has worked as an educator, curator and historian in US museums including the Museum of Mode...


  • Faculty Renee Jackson honored by PAEA as Outstanding Art Educator

    Renee Jackson, assistant professor and program head of Art Education, is the recipient of the 2020 Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) Outstanding Higher Edu...

  • Lisa Kay’s Book “Therapeutic Approaches in Art Education” Officially Endorsed by InSEA

    Lisa Kay’s latest book offers readers therapeutic art strategies to support and enhance the art teaching practice as well as gain a better understanding of therapeutic...

  • Tyler News Round Up September/October 2020

    Stay up to date on all that is happening with faculty, students and alumni of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture: Trenton Doyle Hancock (MFA '00) gives the orig...

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