Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network (CapeCodCAN!) is an entirely Cape Cod–based project sponsored by VSA Massachusetts 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 as well as the community as a whole.
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 three 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)
Esprit Partnership for Independence
Habilitation Assistance Corporation (HAC)
LIFE–Living Independently Forever
Plan It Network, Inc.