About Central School Project
Mission * History * CSP Board and Staff * Rental information
Central School Project is a non-profit arts and cultural center with the three-fold mission of providing affordable creative space to working artists, preserving and adapting the historic Central School building as a cultural center, and fostering appreciation of the arts in the Bisbee community.
Begun as a tenants' association of artists in 1982, CSP was incorporated in 1985 and received 501(c)(3) status from the IRS the following year. In 1994, the organization bid on and purchased the 1905 building from the local school district. In accordance with its mission, CSP has provided, besides much-needed preservation work on the historic Central School building, a broad array of arts programming, including art exhibits, poetry readings, plays, concerts, dance performances, film series in collaboration with Cochise College, and hands-on work by artists in the public schools and with public school students in the artists' studios.
As a community service organization in a rural community which has become widely recognized as a center for the arts, CSP supports and collaborates with individuals and organizations to further cultural awareness in the community. CSP also makes its resources available to the community for a variety of programs and activities.
CSP Board and Staff
Melissa Holden, Executive Director
The Central School Project Board is composed of the 20 artist members of the organization. The Board officers include David Sherman, President; Monte Surratt, Vice-President; Jennifer Harris, Treasurer; and Laurie McKenna, Secretary.
The Central School Project members bring a wide range of experience in a variety of artistic fields, including visual, spoken, dramatic, musical, cinematic, and architectural arts, among others. They have received various distinctions, for example, a CSP poet was the 2002 Tucson Poetry Festival winner, a CSP filmmaker was featured in the Whitney Biennial, a CSP sculptor was a Pittsburg Children's Museum Visiting Artist, and a CSP multimedia artist was artist-in-residence at Atelier Kramer Universitat Kunst Kassel. Moreover, many members are tenured university art educators, with one member having twice received the Andrew Mellon Faculty Enrichment Grant.
Pamela Blunt, Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapist
Paul Bovée, painter
Gretchen Baer, painter - paintressgretchen.blogspot.com
June Cabat, textile artist
Michael Cadieux, painter - mcadieux.com
Gail Campbell, sculptor
Pete Goldlust, sculptor, public artist - petegoldlust.com
Ed Briggs, painter
Jennifer Harris, painter, sculptor, printmaker
Manny Martinez, sculptor, painter
Laurie McKenna, mixed media artist,filmmaker,digital media buskers.org/steeltoedboots/
Pam Rodrigues, jewelry artist
Rena Santa Cruz, painter
Jan Searle, painter searlegallery.com/
Richard Shemanski, mixed media, multisensory artist
David Sherman, filmmaker - Totalmobilehome.com
Jeffry Shriver, furniture maker, fine woodwork
Monte Surratt, painter - sonorandogstudios.com
Danielle Winter, painter, sculptor
Sam Woolcott, painter - sampoegallery.com
CSP is also home to Bisbee Radio Project , a low-power, non-profit, community radio station dedicated to bringing culturally enriching programming to the Bisbee area and Bisbee's Obscure Productions, a grassroots community-based theatre and production company.
Members are required to attend board meetings (about 8 each year) and complete at least 35 service hours a year, depending on the size of the studio.
Studio fees are calculated by the square footage of the open studio. Artists can apply for membership once a studio is vacated. To be added to the notification list, or for more information, contact Central School Project at (520) 432-4866, PO Drawer H, Bisbee, AZ 85603, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.