Welcome to the Central School Project website
Central School Project is a cooperatively-run non-profit community arts center located in the heart of the Bisbee, Arizona Historic District. While you are here, you can sign up for our mailing list , read the latest newsletter, check out upcoming events and learn about who we are and what we are doing!
CSP is also home to KBRP, Bisbee's community radio station. KBRP is dedicated to bringing culturally enriching programming to the Bisbee area. Visit them at http://www.kbrpradio.com/.
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Events & Announcements
Celebrate National Youth Arts Month at the MAKE Youth Arts Festival, on Saturday, March 29!
MAKE is an arts festival for young people aged 3 - 18 to experience, explore and enjoy the creative arts - and entry is FREE!
At the Fifth Annual MAKE Youth Arts Festival, there will be art stations, installations and hands-on creative activities going on throughout the day. Learn new skills at fantastic free workshops including life drawing with the Art Envoys and creative movement and dance. Then head down to the screen printing lab and watch an image get inked in the t-shirt shop (don’t forget to bring a t-shirt). Work with local artists to assemble a found-language poetry collage, weave a bracelet, or paint a self-portrait in watercolors. Maybe you would rather make a discovery bottle, a mini-kite or a t-shirt tote bag? Finally, you can check out the youth art exhibition.
The Festival will also feature inspired performances by Bisbee youth! The Cochise College Music Ensembles will perform for the crowd outdoors at 11:30 a.m. Next at 12:30 p.m., the LEAP Children’s Choir will sing a mixture of classic and contemporary songs in the theater. Then at 1:00 p.m., stories written, directed and acted by kids will come to life in the Stories That Soar youth StoryShare performance. And finally, at 3:00 p.m. professional actors will perform children's stories in the spectacular Stories that Soar finale performance, plus the book ceremony.
Central School Project would like to thank the Bisbee Arts Commission, Bisbee Foundation, Bisbee Woman’s Club, the Boys and Girls Club of Bisbee, Cochise Community Foundation, Jimmy’s Hot Dog Company, Stories That Soar!, and United Way for sponsoring the MAKE Festival.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation Partners to Preserve Bisbee’s Central School
Central School Project is pleased to announce that they have partnered with the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation to preserve the historic Central School. The Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation awarded Central School Project $100,000 in grant funding to aid in the rehabilitation of the 105 year old building. This award will be distributed over three years. In making this long-term commitment, CSP can leverage additional federal funding which requires an equal match.
Bisbee’s Central School is a prominent landmark and cultural feature of the Bisbee Historic District. Built in 1905, Central School stood as a symbol of the bustling mining town’s commitment to its bright future. As Bisbee has transformed into an artistic hub in the Southwest, the school, serving as a visual arts center, remains an emblem of its community’s future.
“After learning that the building’s very foundation was at risk we knew that it would take a bold plan to ensure this landmark building continues to serve our community,” said Central School Project Executive Director Melissa Holden. “We are thrilled that the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation has partnered with us to preserve this important piece of Bisbee history.”
CSP Board President David Sherman said, “I think that it is really fantastic that the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation is supporting the growth of arts and culture in Bisbee through their generous sponsorship of the physical preservation of this 105 year old building.”
Central School Project would like to thank the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation for this generous grant and for their dedication to revitalizing the Bisbee community.