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Community Engagement and Career Development

The Curtis curriculum offers many opportunities for students to use their world-class artistry to engage their communities.

Today’s musicians must develop the ability to conceive and realize projects rooted in their art and must understand how to engage audiences of all kinds, deeply and fully.

Social Entrepreneur, the Community Artist Program (CAP), and Community Artist Fellowships are components of a new sequential curriculum launched in 2014 to equip students with these essential skills. Meanwhile Curtis continues to offer performance opportunities like the Greenfield Residencies and Family Concert Series to bring their art to Philadelphians.



Social Entrepreneur

This one-semester course teaches students to create and sustain social value through community-based service opportunities. In addition to work on projects conceived by faculty, participants also:

  •  attend the Careers in Music Speaker Series,
  •  build their online portfolios, and
  •  can apply for small grants to continue their projects after their coursework concludes.


Community Artist Program (CAP)

CAP seeks to empower the next generation of leaders in classical music. CAP participants design and implement unique performance projects that combine artistry with invention, leadership with advocacy, and citizenship with community. In collaboration with partner organizations, CAP offers additional training in:

  •  teaching artistry,
  •  interactive performance, and
  •  entrepreneurship.

Curtis faculty and alumni encourage and mentor CAP students throughout the year-long process, providing advice and helping students make connections within the community.


Community Artist Fellowship

Beginning in 2017-18, recent Curtis graduates will bring their artistry to underserved communities in Philadelphia through the Community Artist Fellowship, a program that fortifies Curtis's commitment to service and allows alumni to extend, where possible, work they may have begun as students through the Community Artist Program (CAP). Curtis Community Artist Fellows are placed in existing partnerships between Curtis and institutions such as schools, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters, and follow a flexible schedule that balances community service alongside practice and performance time.



Mary Javian, director of professional development and community engagement, (215) 717-3149