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 three 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 and Waiting for Oscar, our 2014 Hollywood Musical Revue stand out as tremendous successes with each featuring nearly 90 performers, the majority with disabilities, and representing 8 different groups. Both were performed at Cotuit Center for the Arts and both had three 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. 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 already spawned three separate programs: 2013 Fall Art is for Everyone, 2014 Art Shanties and 2014 Art is for Everyone and has featured the coordinated participation of nearly 150 students representing many Cape Cod agencies at 14 locations. With the guidance of local artists, the students developed and created works of art in various mediums inspired by a common theme. Final artwork selections displayed and sold at the Atria Woodbriar in Falmouth and at the Hyannis Art Shanties.
The Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network (CapeCodCAN!) is an entirely Cape Cod–based project under the fiscal-sponsorship by VSA Massachusetts, an Affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation (www.vsamass.org), and is 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 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.
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 (he is now 7 years old). 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 VSA Massachusetts’ Network for Good giving page. VSA MA is our fiscal sponsor.
Please include our name “CapeCodCAN!” in the optional designation box to insure that your donation reaches us.
Donate online with the button above or make your checks out to CapeCODCAN/VSA MA, then Mail to CapeCodCAN!, P.O. Box 462, Sandwich, MA 02563