Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network (CapeCodCAN!) providing opportunities for inclusion and active participation in the arts for people with disabilities on Cape Cod
Over the last five years since CapeCodCAN’s inception, we have produced a number of performances, art programs and writing efforts. Among these Broadway and Beyond, our 2013 musical revue, Waiting for Oscar, our 2014 Hollywood Musical Revue and Scary Gary’s Graveyard of Golden Oldies Radio Show, our 2015 musical revue stand out as tremendous successes with each featuring nearly 90 performers, the majority with disabilities, and representing 8 different groups. All were performed at Cotuit Center for the Arts and all had enthusiastic sell-out crowds.
Additional productions have included The Beatles at Riverview, with Riverview School in April, 2103, Broadway and Beyond Revisited at the Sandwich Town Hall in June, 2013 and our Flash Mob and Waiting for Oscar Sampler at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum in October, 2014 and Flash Mob 2015, also at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum in May, 2015. All have all provided our members and audiences the opportunity to enjoy both attendance and participation in the performing arts. Inclusiveness has been key to all our productions. The harmony and joy of performers deeply resonates with our supportive audience.
The CapeCodCAN! Art is for Everyone program has spawned 6 separate programs: 2013, 2014, 2015 Fall Arts is for Everyone Projects; 2014, 2015 Art Projects; 2015 Bringing Cape Cod Together Piece by Piece Mosaic Project. Each of these projects have featured the coordinated participation of up to 150 students representing up to 14 different agencies. Led by local artists, students have created works of art in various mediums, inspired by common themes. Final artworks have been displayed and sold at Atria Woodbriar in Falmouth and The Cultural Center of Cape Cod and Maplewood at Mayflower in So. Yarmouth. The Mosaic is on permanent display at the Regional Transportation Center in Hyannis.
The Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network (CapeCodCAN!) is entirely Cape Cod–based and is a stand-alone, self-sustaining program of the Cotuit Center for the Arts, dedicated to inclusive arts, music, and theater for people with disabilities on Cape Cod.
Our mission is to provide opportunities for inclusion and active participation in the literary, visual and performing arts for people with disabilities on Cape Cod. It has been proven that such an approach has tremendous benefits to the participants and the community.
It is estimated that 11% of the population on MA are people with disabilities, 13% are over 65 and experiencing the loss of vision, hearing and mobility associated with aging. That’s 1.6 million people in Massachusetts alone. And with the aging population on the Cape the numbers are even higher.
The arts help us to dispel myths about ability and disability. Shared art experiences can build our communities in a way that nothing else can. It’s amazing the potential we can uncover when more people are included and the shifts it can precipitate in a community.
Each of CapeCodCAN’s programs promotes inclusion and celebration of capabilities, regardless of disabilities.
Over the last five years, CapeCodCAN! collaborative programs have provided hundreds of people with disabilities the chance to directly participate in the arts and exposed large audiences to the wonderful capabilities of this population.
Collaborating organizations have included:
Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA)
Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled (CORD)
Community Support Associates (CSA)
Habilitation Assistance Corporation (HAC)
LIFE–Living Independently Forever
Towards Greater Independence
The genesis of Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network – CapeCodCAN! dates back to Valentine’s Day 2005, when a little boy named Roan, 6 months old at the time, endured a brain and eye injury which changed his life and the life of his family forever. However, Roan was born with an indomitable spirit and a love of music which have endured and transcend his injury. That spirit infects everyone whom he meets. It inspired his retired grandfather to look for volunteer opportunities here on the Cape. Attending a Brain Injury Association of MA meeting, being held at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, and asked what he would like to do, he mentioned outreach as a possibility, having both a theater and business background. When a young man at the meeting, recovering from a brain injury, heard the word theater, he said that he had been in a production at Cape Cod Community College several years before and that it had helped his memory, speech, and self esteem. This was the “AHA” moment read more >>
Grants and Tax-Deductible Donations are sought to continue development of a sustaining program of inclusion in the arts on Cape Cod.
To provide a tax-deductible contribution to CapeCodCAN! please follow this link to Cotuit Center for the Arts’ giving page.
Cotuit Center for the Arts is our fiscal sponsor.
Donate online with the button above or make your checks payable to:
then Mail to:
P.O. Box 462
Sandwich, MA 02563