Define your art. Define yourself.

Define your future.

Our Story

The Community School of the Arts (CSA), formed in 1991 by a group of passionate citizens under the leadership of the Rev. G. Carswell Hughs, aspired to close the gap in art and music education offered by public schools in East Tennessee.

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Programs

We teach all artistic disciplines to children and teens, ages 6 through 18 in an after-school program five days a week. This includes piano, strings, brass, wind, guitar and other traditional instruments; musical ensembles; modern dance; creative writing and drama; and visual arts.

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Support

Support comes in various forms, and every dollar makes a difference. To continue providing exposure to the arts for underserved and at-risk youth, we rely on donations of time, funds and talent.

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Our Story

The Community School of the Arts (CSA), formed in 1991 by a group of passionate citizens under the leadership of the Rev. G. Carswell Hughs, aspired to close the gap in art and music education offered by public schools in East Tennessee.

Learn more

Programs

We teach all artistic disciplines to children and teens, ages 6 through 18 in an after-school program five days a week. This includes piano, strings, brass, wind, guitar and other traditional instruments; musical ensembles; modern dance; creative writing and drama; and visual arts.

Learn more

Support

Support comes in various forms, and every dollar makes a difference. To continue providing exposure to the arts for underserved and at-risk youth, we rely on donations of time, funds and talent.

Learn more

 

"The moment I stepped through the door of CSA at 11 years of age, I felt not only accepted but welcomed into not just a school, but a breeding ground of ideas, passions, individuals and limitless possibilities for finding bold new ways to express myself creatively. I was inspired and encouraged ... "

Testimonials

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"The moment I stepped through the door of CSA at 11 years of age, I felt not only accepted but welcomed into not just a school, but a breeding ground of ideas, passions, individuals and limitless possibilities for finding bold new ways to express myself creatively ..."

Testimonials

Blog

#GivingTuesday

“It has been such a blessing in my life.”  “It was one of the proudest moments of my life.” “Definitely a defining moment in my life.” When we asked graduates to tell us what Community School of the Arts’ Side…

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In Her Own Words

For the 20th anniversary of the Side By Side Visual Arts Apprentice program, we asked…

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Read all about us!

The Community School of the Arts is the featured nonprofit in the July/August issue of…

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Side-By-Side Program May Be Headed for the White House

Senior Isaiah Mobley with Richard Jolley; this is Isaiah's fourth year…

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Partners

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