The Center for Civic Innovation seeks to provide unique educational programs on South Bend’s West Side that combine one-on-one relationships, arts experiences and life-long learning in a comfortable environment.
The Center for Civic Innovation at the University of Notre Dame has relocated from Innovation Park to the former Center for Arts and Culture in South Bend, closer to its partners in the community.
The Center for Arts and Culture opened in the former Hansel Center, a 1920s-era hospital building on West Washington Street in South Bend, in 2013.
In addition to the Segura Arts Studio, Crossroads Gallery and Office of Community Relations, the center hosted educational programming in partnership with the Robinson Community Learning Center as well as special events and programs related to arts, culture and community engagement for residents of all ages.
Those events and programs, including literacy tutoring for students in grades two through six, a summer arts camp for middle school students and an annual Day of the Dead celebration, will continue at the new Center for Civic Innovation, and the Crossroads Gallery will remain open there as well. Read full story by Erin Blasko.
Programming is offered at the CCI Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for about 30 elementary school students in grades 2 through 5 each semester. Tutoring is provided by Notre Dame, Indiana University South Bend, Holy Cross College and Saint Mary's College student volunteers in reading, writing, comprehension and vocabulary. The children also participate in art enrichment, drama and conflict resolution activities. Some of our special events include Dia de Muertos and a Community Block Party.
The first hour of programming focuses on literacy tutoring provided by volunteer tutors one-on-one or in small groups. The second hour focuses on arts and culture enrichment activities including but not limited to: Drama Club, Take Ten, artist studies and creative writing!
Each summer the CCI holds two summer camps centering on themes related to arts and culture for middle school students. Past year's themes have included "1968" and "Art World Tour" which are explored through art, photography, animation, and creative writing.
Students interacting with AmeriCorps volunteers.
Students participating in summer programming at the CCI.