arts in education

The Center for Creative Education's mission is to transform teaching and learning through creativity and the arts.

Our History

Our story begins more than 25 years ago. In response to a countywide trend to defund arts education in schools, the Center for Creative Education was created in 1994 as an educational nonprofit that would increase the number of arts offerings in Palm Beach County classrooms and afterschool.

Today, we deliver professional teaching of the arts to more than 9,000 students and hundreds of teachers. We do not replace teachers in music, visual arts, dance, and theater. Our innovative solution is to help community artists restore creativity in classrooms by integrating the arts into core curricula. We also teach the arts in afterschool programs throughout the county, offer summer camp, and provide year-long classes at our center in Northwood Village in West Palm Beach.

CCE transforms artists into “teaching” artists who collaborate with classroom teachers to demonstrate how creativity and the arts can benefit the learning process for all students. Our collaborative, professional development model continues to be one of the most impactful advancements that CCE has given to the School District of Palm Beach County.

CCE’s Vision is to be a leader in transforming educational environments and systems to better prepare students to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century with courage and confidence.

Our Students

A majority of the students we work with live in economically and socially challenging circumstances and are considered “at risk” of educational failure. Teaching creativity through arts-integrated programs provides a very powerful way to improve all students’ chances of success. We cultivate students’ social-emotional skills that lead to growth mindsets.

CCE also develops students’ creative thinking and problem-solving skills. We help all our students by encouraging work on art-based projects that invite exploration, inventiveness, team building, and cooperation. We believe that positive support for students’ learning process helps to change the way they think about themselves and their experiences at school.

Our Center

At our center in Northwood Village, we provide arts instruction for children and adults and serve as a base for community activities. The multi-use center houses classrooms, a computer lab, sound room, sound mixing room, theater with an LED backdrop, lobby, art gallery, board room, and is also home to our administrative offices.

Much of our in-house programming is used to support students and community people who would not otherwise be able to afford much exposure to the arts. Classes are open to all and we encourage you to connect with us, check our class schedule, and attend our events.