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Community Arts Project
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Community Arts Project (CAP) was established in Cape Town in the period following the Soweto uprisings (1976). By the late 1980s two CAPs had emerged: the ‘art school’ (Chapel Street, Woodstock) and the Media Project (Community House, Salt River). The latter constituted as an independent trust (Media Works), before joining again with the mother body to form the Arts & Media Access Centre. CAP/AMAC closed in 2008.
Chapel Street, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa.
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CAP was founded to provide accommodation, facilities, and training to artists, particularly those marginalized by apartheid . The training provided at CAP was meant to serve not only its members, but the larger community as well. The center was founded on the idea of “each one teach one” – after an artist had been trained, they would take what they had learned back to their community to help empower the broader society.
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