CCAA’s Art Education Committee provides a variety of opportunities and programs for visual art education for youth and adults.  Our education goals are met through a number of different programs:

  • The Art Scholar Program began over 25 years ago with the idea of serving at risk youth who were having difficulty at school or in the home environment. Recommendations are solicited from foster agencies, teachers and counselors from around our regional area in an effort to select those students who would most benefit from this program. Download an application here: youth_at_risk-__art_scholar_forms   The program is taught by credentialed art educators and meets once a week for eleven weeks. The class begins in February and goes through mid May.  Students range in grade level from 7th through 12th grades. The classes are culminated with a show and reception.  Research indicates that the fine arts can provide a unique avenue for reaching challenging students who are at risk of school and social failure. Participation in fine arts programs reduces student risk for violence, while significant improvements are made in self esteem, school achievement, and grade point averages.  The Youth Art Scholar program is funded through grants and donations. For more information  contact coordinator, Henrietta Sparkman.
  •  Complementary Art Therapy: CCAA at Mistlin Gallery hosts Memorial Medical Center’s complementary Art therapy classes. These classes are offered at the gallery for cancer survivors and their caretakers. For more information, contact the Mistlin Gallery (209) 529-3369 or email
  • Mistlin Gallery, in partnership with Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods, offers a variety of classes for children and adults, offered throughout the year in the gallery’s Edna Mellis Education Center. To see a schedule or register for a class, visit the Mistlin Gallery at 1015 J Street or call 209-529-3369. Register at the gallery (1015 J Street, 209-529-3369), or in the Parks Department office at 1010 10th Street (at J Street) City/County building on the 4th floor, or at or call 209-577-5344.
  • CCAA also offers teaching artists who visit schools through our CLASS program (Community Liaison for Art in Stanislaus Schools). The class offerings correspond to state visual arts standards and are connected to core curriculum topics and standards.

Artists who wish to propose and teach classes at the Mistlin Gallery should contact the education committee with a resume and proposal for classes, workshops, lectures, and presentations which are responsive to the interests of the community.

To find out more about the Education Committee or the classes offered, please contact Linda Knoll, Education Committee chair at

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