Stories of Creative Connection

Find out how CaFÉ helps Arts Organizations Thrive

Discover the power of creative connections and read inspiring success stories! Explore how CaFÉ has helped
connect art organizations with artists nationwide, streamline their processes, and foster a thriving artistic community.

d'Art Center Logo
Shoebox Arts logo
Galesburg Community Arts Center placed on top of an orange circle and red square.
Logo for The Paseo Project that is shown in gray and black text. There is also red text that reads
Large, multi-media sculpture in the center of the room exhibiting d'Art Center's Flourish exhibit.
Image of the entrance to d'Art Center's vault exhibition space
Lanier Williams, one of d'Art Center's children's camp instructors, helping a child with an art piece.

Cultivating a Vibrant Arts Hub

d'Art Center

Founded in 1986, the d’Art Center is a vibrant arts hub in the NEON Arts District at the Atlantic Permanent Building in Norfolk, VA. In addition to resident artist studios and multiple activity rooms, the facility features three galleries. The Main Gallery and Vault have monthly, rotating exhibitions with new and nationally curated exhibitions, and the Artist Wing displays frequently updated work from community artists. The d’Art Center’s mission is to connect the community and artists and foster an appreciation for visual art through interactive opportunities to watch, create, learn, and enjoy diverse artistic works.

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Supporting Artists & Building Community

Shoebox Arts

Shoebox Arts emerged a decade ago to assist artists in marketing their exhibitions and artwork. Over time, it expanded its horizons beyond Los Angeles, offering additional resources, education, mentorship, and public relations support to artists internationally. Later, Shoebox Projects was added as an alternative art space at the Brewery Arts Complex near downtown LA that hosts residencies, exhibitions, and more.

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Photo of the bloom exhibition at Shoebox Projects
Large crowd of people smiling holding outstretched hands
Eight people smiling at the camera, gathered at an art gallery
An image of a sculpture up close in an exhibition.
An image of Galesburg Community Arts Center
An image of Galesburg Community Arts Center employees doing arts and crafts at a table

Connecting the Community to the Arts

Galesburg Community Arts Center

The Galesburg Community Arts Center is a small but influential arts organization serving a four to five-county region in rural west-central Illinois. Founded in 1923 as the Galesburg Civic Art League (later changing its public name to the Galesburg Community Arts Center), the center connects its community to the arts through exhibitions, community events, and an artist residency program, among other art-making programs.

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Bringing Art to the Streets

The Paseo Project

The Paseo Project is a nonprofit arts organization located in Taos, New Mexico. Made up of a small team of four, it’s brought art to the streets since 2014 through the annual PASEO festival, Artist in Residence program, and community-based public art projects.

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An image of two huge colorful dragonfly sculptures with a little kid standing in the middle of them.
An image of a bunch of people outside looking at a bunch of kites flying in the air.
An image of a bunch of people outside looking at fire sculptures.