Spring for the Arts: An Inspiring CAP Event
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Spring for the Arts: An Inspiring CAP Event

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The Cathedral Arts Project (CAP) is an organization passionate about bolstering art education on a variety of fronts. Starting out as a dance class for a small group of children in 1993, CAP has grown into a compelling program, impacting over 30,000 children. The organization’s central mission is to: “empower every child’s creative spirit, elevate arts educators in their field and advocate for access and equity in arts education” (capkids.org). CAP works toward this mission by offering free visual and performing arts courses, organizing various events and fundraisers, and advocating for equal access to arts education in Jacksonville and beyond. Additionally, there are volunteer opportunities available to those interested in supporting their mission. If you would like to work in a creative and inspiring collective and do good for the Jacksonville community, submit an application on their website. CAP’s commitment to ensuring art education is accessible, equitable, and inclusive speaks to the organization’s culture and values.

Every year, CAP hosts an eventful evening of entertainment for the senses. The purpose of the event is fundraising for arts education for Northeast Florida children and youth. Since the event’s inception, it has raised funds adding up to over $6 million. Accordingly, it is one of Northeast Florida’s leaders in supporting art education in the region. After several difficult years in which the event was not able to take place, ‘Spring for the Arts’ is up and running again for the first time since 2019. Last Friday, April 15th, 2022, CAP hosted their memorable event in a new venue, the Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club. With about 360 guests, the event was alive with live music from the Chris Thomas band and two ensembles from the CAP String Orchestra, a live auction, an award ceremony, and more. The Spring for the Arts was a celebration of sorts. With an open dance floor, award-winning wines and stunning views from Epping Forest, the evening was enjoyed by all.

CAP’s contributions to our community are deeply appreciated. Fickling Construction strongly believes in the importance of arts education for children and youth, and supports CAP and Spring for the Arts in their mission to create and advocate for art education in Northeast Florida and beyond. If you share similar values and sentiments for the Jacksonville Community, head over to the CAP website and make your contribution.

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