Youth Development

Cathedral Arts Project Inc

  • Jacksonville, FL

Mission Statement

Cathedral Arts Project’s (CAP’s) mission is to enrich the quality of life in Northeast Florida through unleashing the creative spirit of young people. By providing access to instruction in the visual and performing arts, we empower underserved, school-aged children to succeed in all areas of their lives. Our vision is for every child in Northeast Florida to have access to a well-rounded, arts-rich education that endows his or her spirit with the imagination, self-confidence and strength of character that inspires great leadership and a will to succeed.  With 50 ongoing afterschool programs in high-need neighborhoods throughout Jacksonville, CAP is the leading provider of free, standards-based arts instruction for underserved youth in Duval County.

Every year CAP serves over 1,000 low-income and arts-poor children and youth in Duval County with programs in dance (ballet, folk, jazz, lyrical jazz, modern, and West African dance), drama (acting and playwriting), music (chorus, Orff, percussion, strings, and world drumming), and visual arts (drawing, painting, and pottery). To better serve our unique population, we teach the positive attitudes and skills that are necessary for overcoming obstacles inherent to high-risk environments such as school failure, delinquency, and substance abuse. Additionally, CAP practices cultural competency by infusing cultural diversity in its programming. With classes in African drumming to classical studies with the masters, students are introduced to a wide variety of canonical and nonstandard cultural greats from Claude Debussy to Chevalier de Saint George, an 18th Century Afro-French composer.

Main Programs

  1. Cathedral Arts
Service Areas



CAP exists to serve low-income children and youth in Northeast Florida. We partner with Title I schools and low-income community centers where the majority of students live at or below the poverty line.

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Principal Officer since 2002


Ms. Kimberly L. Hyatt



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Also Known As

Cathedral Arts Project



Physical Address

207 N. Laura Street Suite 300

Jacksonville, 32202


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?


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Cathedral Arts Project (CAP) provides free, ongoing, standards-based programming in dance, drama, music, and visual arts during after-school hours for 1,000 Northeast Florida elementary students. Each year CAP empowers children and youth to succeed in all areas of their lives; four out of every five students enrolled in Cathedral Arts to improve their grades, academic engagement, and other life skills.

We are devoted to increasing the awareness of Cathedral Arts as a prominent source of pride and fulfillment for the community in unleashing the creative spirit of young people and are improving our organizational capability and program delivery to drive high standards in artistic ability, academics and life skills. This includes increasing positive brand awareness, increasing funded contracts with other nonprofit agencies and schools, maintaining the number of students served during the school year at approximately 1,000 from 2010 through 2013, increasing enrichment activities to a minimum of one for each program, building an active alumni network of former CAPKids by 2013, and ensuring that 90% of program partners serve a student population where 62% or higher qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch as reported by the Florida School Indicators Report. We aim to increase 90% of students’ knowledge and skill level in their chosen artistic discipline by meeting the age-appropriate benchmarks outlined in Florida’s Sunshine State Standards for dance, music, and visual arts. CAP has also successfully built a young professionals’ network, the CAPtivators.


Future goals include offering a middle school band program, providing additional volunteer opportunities for performing arts students from local schools and universities, focusing on serving students in the 3rd grade and older, creating events for our alumni, including performance and exhibition opportunities, and forming a parent advisory group.


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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Cathedral Arts

Cathedral Arts Project (CAP) offers about 50 free arts education programs in Northeast Florida at 23 different program sites. In return, each participating school provides the program with functional space for each class at no cost to CAassisting teaching artists with class enrollment, discipline, monitoring of grades and evaluation, campus security and storage space. Without these resources, CAP’s programming would be very limited in scope due to the additional rental costs it would incur.

CAP programs are held twice weekly and run the duration of the school year. Music and dance programs are both one-hour in length, and visual arts programs are two-hours. Enrollment is capped at 15-20 children per section. With programs in jazz dance, classical and rhythmic ballet, West African dance, string instruction, percussion, band, painting, drawing, and sculpture, CAP’s children and youth experience diverse curricula and are exposed to cultural traditions from around the world.


All of CAP’s programs are required to incorporate the age-appropriate benchmarks of Florida’s Sunshine State Standards for Dance, Music, or Visual Art, with an emphasis on lessons that teach the history and the vocabulary for the selected discipline. Our teaching artists are held accountable for these standards and must document their curricula in monthly reports to the Director of Programs.


CAP’s teaching artists frequently introduce exemplary works of art into their curricula through books, videos, field trips, and guest artist workshops. In addition, CAP’s children and youth are encouraged to participate in events that infuse energy, spirit, and excitement into our community through art. For example, in 2009 and 2010 children watched The Nutcracker Ballet, heard the Ritz Chamber Players perform, performed in Jacksonville’s World of Nations festival, watched Van Gogh: Brush with Genius on an IMAX screen, attended a play at The University of North Florida, created artistic bowls for the “Empty Bowls” luncheon, and visited the Main Library for the Festival of Trees and created decorations for one of the trees based on the book, Dancing in the Wings.  Our new strategic plan calls for each of our 50 programs to take their kids on at least one significant field trip each year beginning in 2010-2011.


Each teaching artist is asked to seek out a minimum of two public exhibit or recital opportunities that their children can participate in each year. The most prominent example is our end-of-the-year Showcase of the Arts. Traditionally held at Jacksonville’s historic Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, this event is the highlight of the year for CAP’s donors, participants, parents, and teachers and provides valuable and well-deserved recognition for every child who exhibits the will and the discipline to complete the program. As one young girl expressed so passionately, “I felt so happy I couldn’t believe my eyes or ears. It was like a dream come true!”  In addition, our new strategic plan calls for Cathedral Arts to secure at least 30 annual exhibition and performance opportunities around the First Coast and beyond by 2012-2013.


Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General



Service Areas



CAP exists to serve low-income children and youth in Northeast Florida. We partner with Title I schools and low-income community centers where the majority of students live at or below the poverty line.

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Funding Needs

CAP annually undertakes a fundraising campaign targeting individual, foundation, corporate, and city, state, and federal donors to maintain a diversified income stream. CAP’s fundraising strategy is rooted in our three-year strategic plan of operations:     ·         Grant proposals and corporate presentations.     ·         Monthly and quarterly direct mail and telephone solicitations.     ·         Board giving campaign.     ·         Special event fundraising, including two annual events, Angels of the Arts and Spring for the Arts, as well as a number of new events geared towards young professionals.     ·         Community partnership-building that leads to new service contracts, joint fundraising opportunities, and in-kind products and services.     ·         Public relations efforts to increase community interest and awareness of our services, including television and print coverage, print and e-newsletters, and other e-marketing.     ·         Cultivation efforts increase donor engagement and improve our reporting processes.


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Cathedral Arts Project Inc



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Principal Officer

Ms. Kimberly L. Hyatt


Kimberly became Executive Director in 2002. Following divinity studies at Princeton, she moved to Jacksonville in 1996 and served two churches. Before that, she was a business lobbyist in Washington. Employed by the Food Marketing Institute, she represented the nation's food retailers and wholesalers before Congress and ran FoodPAC.  During a short stint as a reporter , Kimberly won the South Carolina Press Association's award for Best Feature Story for her coverage of Ku Klux Klan activities in Horry County, SC. She earned a B.S. degree in 1987 from Presbyterian College in South Carolina, where she was voted Outstanding Senior.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Our program model is based on the proven notion that sustained participation in the arts leads to greater outcomes for youth, and for the past five years in a row, 95% of CAPkids show marked improvements in grades, behavior and other life skills during their time in the program.

The arts are an essential part of every child's development and learning. The effectiveness of CAP’s program model is supported by numerous studies, including the Americans for the Arts. They reported that students who participate in the arts for at least one full year are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. They also found that students with high levels of arts participation outperform arts-poor students on virtually every measure, including higher achievement test scores in verbal and math. In the "No Child Left behind Act," federal legislation identifies instruction in the arts as a core subject area. Education research shows that hands-on art activities aid in brain development and help children learn in other curricular areas such as reading, math, and science. In addition, the arts have a particularly measurable impact on students in “high poverty” and urban settings, as the discipline learned through the practice and performance of dance and music increases motivation and attitudes essential for achievement, plus increases the interest and attendance of at-risk children in school. CAP’s outcomes mirror these findings in every count. Each year, four out of five CAP students show consistent improvement in artistic skill levels, cultural competency, increased attention span and commitment, improved academic performance, and reduced school truancy.


CAP programs are led by exceptional teaching artists who are responsible for designing their own curricula using best practices for arts education as outlined by the National Endowment for the Arts, which places a strong emphasis on participatory learning including best practices for study, assessment, experience and performance."



Darnell Smith

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida

Term: July 2011 -


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