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Welcome to C3A!

Coatesville Area Arts Alliance (C3A) is a grassroots non-profit organization located in Chester County, Pennsylvania. C3A showcases and promotes The Arts since Art Means Business and is a key to economic growth, as well as beneficial for mental health, relaxation, and making the planet a more beautiful and harmonious place! From painting, writing, and dance to gardening, music, and cooking, American art makers are in every nook and cranny of our neighborhoods, our states, our country, and our world. And as more jobs go thr way of automation, more creative thinkers and makers will be needed to redefine our economy, as well as the value of creative art-work.

Happy Holidays! Here is a C3A look back for 2018:

We continue to see the Coatesville area as a laboratory, the core of a global community strategy - spokes radiating out from the amazing melting pot of this City and the beautiful ring of green around it - the physical environment and the people. A crucial part of that radiating power has been Let's Get Dirty! Learn to Love Organic Gardening wellness programs - one of the best community builders we've been fortunate enough to discover through the trial and error of C3A's last 17 years, as well as the more than four decades of collaboration between Greg and Deb. This is surprising, since one might expect more culturally-oriented C3A projects such as music and film festivals, business/art expos, art exhibitions, and school district celebrations would have worked first. So we're delighted about this, this umbrella of knowledge which glues people of all ages, backgrounds, job descriptions, and viewpoints together - Deb's own concept after decades of gardening, knowledge-building, public speaking, and tapping Mother Nature's wisdom. Connective tissues grow organically, and in fact Art is one of Mother Nature's offspring - she shows us how to be creative as well as destructive. See Deb's PhillyFit magazine article here - https://issuu.com/phillyfit/docs/pfsept18_nocrops___1_/24

At the Coatesville Veterans Administration Medical Center, C3A continues with art and gardening therapy programs using peer group counseling. Upcoming is the Tree of Life collective art piece, to represent family and community from the top leaves all the way down to the roots and the dirt - to help all of us focus on where we've come from and where we're still going in life - a very intense experience for many veterans. We give much credit to the compassionate, dedicated people we work with who do this every day and glue the V.A. campus together - a model to replicate and expand on. For 50 years since he was drafted and served for two years, Greg has been working on a way to honor and elevate veterans and spotlight a national approach to rectify the wrongs done to them, in a way that all citizens can buy into. This is "The SOUL Project" (Support Our Uncelebrated Leaders): To relieve by sharing the burden, appreciating caregivers, and helping veterans become whole again. We are working on the details right now to make it a game changer in the way society respects and honors the service and sacrifice of the best and the brightest of every generation.

These challenging climate times can encourage believers and skeptics alike to adapt and grow into the future and watch out for each other. Seeds, food, talk, listening, lines, and paint - a marketplace of positive ideas.



Do you want to exlore C3A Happenings, browse event picture galleries, or if you were there...relive good memories? Go to the Events Past and Present page.

Past Events

All About C3A

Do you want to understand the who, what and why of C3A, or trace the organization's history from conception to today? See All About C3A.
Do you want to follow the observations, stories, and musings on art, politics and the ordinary day-to-day from Kates and Layton, arts activists and co-founders of C3A? Read their Daily Local News Tumblr blog.

Tumblr Blog - Country Action


"More and more, American cities and neighborhoods with pressing social problems are turning to new sources of thought and
practice – artists. Currently going by the label social practice, this approach blurs the lines among traditional art forms,
political activism, community organizing, environmentalism, and community development. Progress – be it social, environmental,
or economic – is the goal for a social-practice artist and it is the process one develops that becomes the work of art.
Sometimes, this results in a traditionally conceived art object, sometimes not."

- Jane Golden, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Coatesville Area Arts Alliance, Inc. | 120 Reservoir Road, Coatesville, PA 19320 | debc3a@verzion.net