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 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.
Functions associated with the former Office of Community Relations will be the responsibility of the Office of Public Affairs. Please direct all inquiries related to the Office of Community Relations to the Director of Public Affairs via phone at 574-631-4588. Thank you for your patience during our transition time.
Programming is offered at the CCI Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for about 25 elementary school students in grades 2 through 5 each semester. The first hour 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, Ballet Folklorico, Ceramics, and many more!
Each summer the CCI holds a summer camp centering on themes related to arts and culture for middle school students. This year's theme, "1968," was explored through art, photography, animation, and creative writing.
Check out our Media Gallery to see what exciting adventures our students at the CCI have been involved in!
Students in our Art Camp this summer enjoyed visits from artists and a tour of the Segura Art Print Studio.
Students participating in summer programming at the CCI.