We are happy to announce that Round Three Catalyst Initiative applications will be open in late Summer / early Fall of 2017.  Check back here for full details. 



The Catalyst Initiative is focused on building capacity and visibility for the individual artists and arts collectives currently doing this work, as well as those interested in doing it.  

CPCP works to help these individuals and peer teams (who are not necessarily organized in institutional forms) to develop:

  • Solid partnership processes
  • Cross- sector translation tools
  • Narrative and impact studies to aid in local and field-wide advocacy
  • Co-design strategies that clearly demonstrate the value of cross-sector collaboration through the resulting community endeavors.

To learn more about the Catalyst Initiative collaborations, check out the project portraits on our Resources page or via CPCP on Issuu.



Over the course of a year, artists and community partners in Arizona, California, Maine, Kentucky and Louisiana came together to envision the impact that the arts could have on their community-based work.  The projects focused on a range of community development sectors including Agriculture & Food, Economic Development, Environment & Open Space, Transportation, and Youth Education.  Each artist focused on a set of activities ranging from community engagement and visioning processes to creative education practices and organizational capacity-building.  

ROUnd 2: The 2015/16 Cohort of Catalyst Initiative Grantees

  • Anu Yadav, Artist, with John Cavanagh and Emily Norton of the Institute for Policy Studies: Washington DC
  • Patrick Mullens, Artist, with Stacie Walls-Beegle of LGBT Center of Hampton Roads: Norfolk, Virginia
  • Rulan Tangen, Artist, with Roxanne Swentzell of the Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute and the Pueblo Food Experience Project: Fairview, New Mexico
  • Joan Lipkin, Artist, with Tricia Roland-Hamilton of Magdalene St. Louis Inc.: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Yolanda Wisher, Artist, with Trapeta Mayson of Historic Germantown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • SupercommunityMaria del Carmen Lamadrid Zamora and Shawn Jackson, Artists, with Daniel and Jazmin De La Torre of the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch: Los Angeles, California
  • Mark Strandquist, Artist, with Jeree Thomas of the Legal Aid Justice Center: Richmond, Virginia
  • Harold “HJ” Steward, Artist, with Keith Ackerman of the Cottages at Hickory Crossing: Dallas, Texas