Transforming teaching and learning through creativity and the arts.
CCE will 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.
In the early 1990s a group of leaders at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County became concerned about the trend to cut back on arts education in schools. Visual arts, dance and music programs were being slashed to balance budgets. The Council commissioned a study, funded in part by the MacArthur Foundation and the Chastain Charitable Foundation, to find a way to help fill the void.
In 1994, that countywide study led to the creation of the nonprofit Center for Creative Education. Its mission was to train teachers how to bring the arts back into schools by integrating art into other classroom studies. This “Arts Integration” is still the basis for what we do today. For more than two decades, CCE has been partnering with schools and after-school sites in Palm Beach County to provide quality, creative educational opportunities, using the arts as the foundation.
Surprisingly, the Center for Creative Education’s first office was an un-used exam room at Good Samaritan Hospital. These creative accommodations were courtesy of the chairman of the committee that created CCE, Dr. Robert Brodner, a neurosurgeon who practices at the hospital.
Today, thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have our own beautiful Center in Northwood Village in West Palm Beach. The building was a roller rink back in the 1950s and 60s, so it is once again a place to delight children!
The Center features an art gallery, a digital theater, a recording studio, computer lab, art studios, classrooms, and meeting rooms, and is home to our administrative offices. Thanks to grant funding from the state of Florida and a supportive donor base, we have built a technology-infused facility that is unparalleled in Palm Beach County with exciting spaces for after-school programming, art exhibitions, performances, and seminars, as well as a base for community activities.