Community Art Collaborative

What is AmeriCorps?

 AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages thousands of people each year in service to their communities in critical areas like education, health, and conservation.  It is a program that offers first-hand experiences in community development and community strengthening.  Each year, there are around 75,000 AmeriCorps Members serving at different local and national nonprofit organizations around the country.  Every state and city in the U.S. has dozens of AmeriCorps programs operating each year.  Some focus on education and tutoring,  some focus on environmental conservation, and some focus on disaster relief and volunteer mobilizing.  The CAC Program uniquely focuses on creative arts and community activism through the arts.  We are one of the only programs in the country that has this unique focus.   

Who can serve?     

In order to serve in AmeriCorps:

  • You must be at least 17 years old.
  • You must posses a high school diploma (GED) of equivalent.
  • You must be a US citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident.
  • Participation in CAC is conditional upon completion of a National Service Criminal History Check. 


  • AmeriCorps service is a year-long commitment.  The Community Art Collaborative program begins each year in the last week of August, and the program ends the following August 14. 
  • In CAC,  the first 5 weeks of the year (last week of August through September) is an intensive program orientation, in partnership with the MFA Community Arts program at MICA.

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AmeriCorps offers many fantastic Benefits, which can be viewed on this page of our website.