Friends and Artists!

As we have communicated month after month, we miss seeing you and having our doors open here at Central School.  It's  one hell of a challenge for such a close-knit town. We are all doing a good job of taking care of each other though! Here at CSP we just trust in the fact that we will one day get to throw open our doors. This is not a forever-situation.

We are still working out a plan for reaching our kids with some art support. I have been talking with BUSD and we are getting closer. Our Plein Air Festival with Bisbee after 5 went so well! We thank the Bisbee Foundation for supporting us on that.  Artists reported back that they really appreciated staying connected and the 4 artist demos (Sam Woolcott, Alan Bull, Carol Chandler, Scott Williams) were a great success. We have posted the first of 4 on our website.

On November 1st we had our very first virtual opening for the Plein Air Fest, the artist meet and greet. We loved seeing people via ZOOM, we had a laid back QA and mini critique session. The wet paint show is on our website though the month of November. Please visit and shop!

Even though we are closed to the public, CSP has been busy with boring but necessary maintenance in our building. We also had the somewhat traumatic event of trimming our towering Italian Cypresses down to a fraction of their original height! We had a beetle infestation that was killing one of them and we cut them both to a symmetrical height. 

Lastly, we met the challenge of application call for new members and interviews via zoom. It's not an easy task - there are always so many worthy applicants. We wish we had another building.  We have welcomed 2 new members, Janet Reynolds and Jeff Hughart!


Please check out our latest posts in Art Apart where we have added more activities: desert coloring sheets for families, videos, and links to art we think you will enjoy - A mini-doc on Maynard Dixon, an introduction to ethnographer/cartoonist Ebony Flowers from the Wexner Arts Center, a comprehensive profile of Richard Diebenkorn from the Royal Academy of London and the Alan Bull Demo (first of 4 artist demos)

Stay tuned with us through instagram and facebook. Send us ideas if you have them and need help making them happen. 


Take Care,

Laurie McKenna

Executive Director CSP

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Thank you​ to WESTAF and the National Endowment for the Arts!

Central School Project has received much needed funding for general operations!

WESTAF CARES Relief Fund for Organizations is a competitive grant program supported by the National Endowment for the Arts through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress and signed into law in March 2020. The WESTAF CARES Relief Fund has provided general operating support to 45 eligible arts and culture organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications were assessed on the following criteria: inclusivity, demonstrated need, artistic and cultural merit, and public and community benefit.  Awards of up to $20,000 were made to organizations across the WESTAF 13-state region with at least one grant awarded per state.


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Central School Project

43 Howell Ave

PO Drawer H

Bisbee, AZ 85603