We are passionate about community arts engagement and creating in the places, neighbourhoods and spaces we call home. Driftwood Community and Yorkwoods Library Theatre has been a key supporters in the development of organization's operations and we are appreciative of their continued support.
The arts are central to the lives of ACB (African, Caribbean, Black) individuals, we allow for the self expression and the ability of youths to contribute to creativity.
We invite, foster creative expression and leadership and explore collective creation
Masquerade and its history and role in creative exploration encourages imagination based in an African tradition steeped in community.
We encourage collaboration as a aspect of self expression and sharing
i) Programming (performances, partnerships) Performances Excursions Mask- Making / Costume Making
ii) Outreach (workshops and community engagement) Arts-based workshops (mask, masquerade, costume) Settlement support for newcomers
CCAS Inc. constantly finds ways to inspire: it's artists, the community and audiences; supporting them to achieve great things by shaping leaders of tomorrow through a safe environment allowiing each participant the ability to learn, grow and share artistically.
This organization has taken a love of the arts and impacted various groups ranging from children to seniors. CCAS Inc. is active and well known in the community we have performed for many. We have shared our passion for dance at our local seniors' home, expressing our ability to interact with diverse populations; other places we have performed include but are not limited to:
Black Creek CHC AGM
Nappanee festival of lights
Kingston Kiwanis Club
Jane and Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP)
The Consulate General of Saint Lucia had sponsored Caribbean Canadian Artistic Stars Inc. (CCAS INC.) on a workshop to Saint Lucia. The goal of this sponsored event was to bring Saint Lucia's Traditional Masquerade to Canada, through the performing and education of participant CCAS INC. has taught the art form to its existing members and has successfully participated in the preservation of traditional Folk dance from St. Lucia in the form of the Masquerade. CCAS INC will continue to showcase the Masquerade through performances to deliver on the expectations of the Consulate General. We also hope to bridge the gap between youth and history by not only providing our students with a variety of new skills but also letting the students learn the origins of the dance, drumming and movement that they are learning. The pieces that will be taught will have meaning and historical references.
CCAS INC. exists to "dance to inspire" and this is done one performance at a time.