Make is an annual all-day festival that provides immersive arts experiences to local children and their families, all free of charge. A wide range of activities are taught by locally-based creative professionals. These include workshops in various visual arts media, writing, theater, dance, film, etc., as well as performance opportunities. MAKE provides interactive, multicultural, and multidisciplinary arts experiences. It celebrates art created by young people, and exposes youth to the diversity of the arts through quality performances, exhibitions, and hands-on arts activities. In 2014, the MAKE Festival celebrated its fifth anniversary. At MAKE, kids learn new skills at fantastic free activities such as monotype and block printing, figure drawing, t-shirt screen printing, making matchbox retablo shrines and clay finger puppets. MAKE also presents live youth performances such as plays written and performed by kids and Polynesian youth dance. Each year, our gallery features a youth art exhibition.
As the only comprehensive arts center in Southeastern Arizona, CSP is uniquely positioned to offer extensive youth art programming to area children. Since its inception, CSP has consistently partnered with community youth and arts organizations including the Bisbee Unified School District, the Bisbee Arts Commission, and the Bisbee Boys and Girls Club, among others, to offer Youth Arts Programs.
Visiting Artist Program
In 2009, Central School Project initiated a pilot Visiting Artist Program. Participants have included Noah Saterstrom and Paul Catanese. Each project in the Visiting Artist Program must engage the Bisbee community through workshops, lectures or other forms of outreach. Projects that are site specific to the Central School building, the City of Bisbee, or unique qualities of Southeastern Arizona, are encouraged. During the pilot program there will be no formal calls for applications.
Central School Project presents multiple exhibitions each year that are a combination of curated shows and gallery rental shows.