coLAB Arts’ vision is to create more livable, sustainable, and exciting environments through art.


coLAB Arts engages artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. coLAB Arts facilitates creative conversation through innovative programs and artist infrastructure, connects artists with community partners and mentors, and executes productions that challenge perceptions and inspire action.

statement of purpose

coLAB Arts generates community-powered projects and seeks to create an art scene using new and established spaces. Its work takes place in community rooms, houses of worship, parking lots, schools, bars, and backyards. A “let’s get it done” work ethic and flair for mischief colors coLAB Arts’ aesthetic and an emphasis on community engagement and professional development defines its commitment to the arts.

coLAB Arts believes that artistic expression is civic engagement and that collaboration is an active and creative process. coLAB Arts draws energy and inspiration from working with emerging artists and finding new platforms and audiences for established creative voices. coLAB Arts engages communities to ask questions, develop relationships, and come together to create new work across socio-economic, ethnic, and generational lines.

What is the coLAB Process?

To Facilitate artistic conversation in sometimes unlikely places where opportunity and inspiration will lead to innovative new ideas.

To Connect creatives of all kinds with individuals and organizations that work directly with communities in all areas of civic life.

To Create new work that is reflective of those conversations and relationships and challenges perceptions and inspires action.


Our Values

Creativity                Connectivity            Engagement                  Facilitation               Networking             Equity                 Emergent                      Flexibility                      Rigor         Patience            Persistence               Emergent Design          Social Entrepreneurship


Our Educational Philosophy

Knowledge put into practice.

All of our programs a) teach and promote a specific knowledge and technique of a particular form or craft and b) use that specific knowledge with the freedom of interdisciplinary experimentation to create reflective projects and programs.


artMAKER programs, link professional artists with student artists for in-depth hi-quality classroom instruction, networking, and community oriented project creation.

who art-ed?
— coLAB arts