The Community Art Collaborative (CAC) is a newly formed non-profit focused on facilitating public art programs to help communities across the United States use art as a healing modality.
In May of 2020, co-founders Meclina Gomes Priestley and Jennifer MacIver Edwards, found themselves — like many Americans — profoundly concerned about the emotional state of communities facing the COVID pandemic, economic strife, and social injustice. Building upon the public art movement that aims for art to be a more consistent occurrence in our communities and daily lives, they created the CAC to support the creation of art installations as a way to help communities process and heal together.
The CAC offers communities an avenue to create expressive public art, to include a diverse cross section of the communites they serve. A central concept of CAC is to offer individuals, families, and organizations an opportunity to contribute a small piece to the larger piece of art, bringing communities together around a central idea.