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Dear Friends...

Our annual fundraising has commenced!

Central School requires the support of the public this year in ways we really did not anticipate.  Our insurance costs have doubled two times since 2020! This increased expense is certainly not specific to us, everyone is facing this with the industry pointing at climate change as a reason for dropping their clients or raising the rates. To our friends, we ask for your support and give humble thanks.

As an Arts nonprofit, besides keeping this beautiful building preserved, maintained and having  affordable studios for artists, we are here to foster the arts in the greater Bisbee Community.

CSP is committed to bringing together culturally diverse creative voices and we believe art can uplift spirits and knit us together. The arts culture of Bisbee is a rare and living thing. We are able to confront and transcend the strife and division of the world at large.




What a year we have had here at Central School, and we couldn’t do this without you, our friends and supporters. 

Our Youth Arts Make Fest (great partnerships make it a wonderful event), the Bisbee Plein Air Festival (record numbers of artists registered), our other exhibitions and movie nights have been so fun and well attended.

Gallery 32 (formally Tang) had a great year with three new artists joining. We are so happy we were able to fold this Main Street legacy gallery into our nonprofit.

This year CSP also loved seeing the work of a great new community initiative,

Cochise Chess Club, and after meeting with Nick the founder, we offered to be fiscal sponsor to help with its growth as a fledgling nonprofit.

We have also been working at a pilot program for local printmakers accessing equipment we have here with 2 workshops held – we promise to keep all of you in the loop on that!




Here are a few initiatives that lie ahead:


Visiting Scholar

Starting this month, historian, scholar, and Georgetown University professor Katherine Benton Cohen is here for a five-month sabbatical. While here, Katie will be working on a global history of the Phelps-Dodge family, whose capitalist and philanthropic links between New York, the US-Mexico Borderlands, and the Middle East profoundly changed each region. 


Members Show Opening

Friday Feb. 9th 5:30-8:30 / Show Runs through Feb. 25th

More details soon...


In March the CSP Visiting Artist Program welcomes Venus De Mars!

March 1 -14 2024

Many folks in Bisbee know and love Venus, she has performed at Bisbee Pride, and about 10 years ago she was also a visiting artist here at CSP. That visit was so impactful. She ran a workshop for young people which culminated in a beautiful, moving performance.



Saturday March 23rd 10:30-3:00

More details soon...


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