The Center for Performance and Civic Practice (CPCP) is a national resource for artists and communities working together to build civic health, equity and capacity.

Defining Civic Practice

CPCP defines Civic Practice as arts-based partnership work that is developed in service to the needs of a partner organization or agency that does not have an arts-centered mission.  Artists engage in this work with regularity, but the work isn’t always visible- not within larger community conversations, and not within artistic disciplines themselves. There isn’t a shared vocabulary, and artists and communities can end up working in isolation, often without access to networks of support and opportunities to develop their own practice.  

This is changing, and CPCP is part of that change. Here are some ways how:

  • We share language and frames to help create practitioner and community dialogue around process, intentions and values.
  • We act as a resource for artists and arts organizations, community and municipal organizations, funders and educational institutions through workshops, convenings, and funding initiatives.
  • We help build capacity for this field of work through programs and partnerships nationally and internationally.

For examples of Civic Practice projects and partnerships, including portraits of our first round of Catalyst Initiative projects, visit our Resources page.  

Sojourn Theatre

Sojourn Theatre is a program of CPCP.  Its mission is “to design bold opportunities for participation and unforgettable experience, with rigor and striking physicality.” 

Sojourn collaborates towards a vision of healthy communities and functional democracy.

Sojourn acts as a laboratory for exploring arts-based community-engaged practice across the United States by:

  • Developing new models of artistic practice, creation, production, distribution and replication/adaptation;
  • Activating the Sojourn Theatre ensemble as leaders, makers, educators and ambassadors;
  • Building projects that increase the visibility of this field of work in arts and non-arts sectors.

For more information about Sojourn’s past and current projects, or to collaborate with us, visit sojourntheatre.org.