What We Do

Canvas4aCause empowers our youth in order to create a sense of leadership, inspire creativity and develop a sense of community through promoting access to the arts.

By creating partnerships with both emerging artists and local, national and internal arts organizations, we provide a means for children to come together, promote diversity and inclusion to inspire both creativity and leadership.

Our Initiatives:

Partner with local non-profits to provide workshops led by local, national and international artists.

Provide youth the opportunity to build leadership skills and confidence, by giving them the tools and resources they need.

Contribute to the urban growth of our community, by working with city stakeholders to create creative hub spots for youth to participate in murals, community redevelopment projects, publications, and public exhibitions.

Empower youth by pairing them with mentors, leaders and professionals in our business network.

Program Descriptions

The Clubhouse Program 

The Clubhouse program is for students from underserved communities to help them develop new and existing skills in their preferred art medium while also learning important skills to enter the work industry.  


Our Promise Teen Tech Center partnership has their students complete a portfolio and internship prior to the end of the program. We work closely with the Teen Tech Center to determine what career field and interests each student has to pair them up with a mentor that is in the career field the student desires and help them develop their portfolio prior to their internship. 


By working one-on-one or in a small group with their mentor 2 to 3 times a month, students begin exploring their passions, career goals, ambitions and opportunities for community involvement while receiving coaching in their individual art projects. Workshops focus on developing experience in resume building, interview practice, cover letters, college exploration etc. 


Artist in Residency Program 

Canvas4aCause in collaboration with other local art organizations provides one-time and ongoing workshops led by community working artists in various mediums. 

Our artist in residency workshops typically involve one of our partners DIA/Promise staff and students and a Teaching Artist Team working together with the community to teach skills in the arts while examining issues relevant to our communities and for the fun of experimenting with art practices. 


Through a series of interdisciplinary art workshops, students lead and develop art culminating with the publication of a book, art display or in some cases a pop-up show featuring the work of the arts residency program. 


Our program works with BIPOC artists to celebrate every student’s culture, story and past experiences. We aim to break down barriers through providing a safe space, amplify student voices and challenge our community in what art means to them.

Free Art Friday 

C4AC will be hosting workshops every Friday open to the South Salt Lake Community. Students can drop in, knowing they will be in a safe space where they can practice their creative expression and work with our art mentors on a project of their choosing. 


The Zine Project 

The Z Project is a community based zine making workshop that publishes quarterly zines available to the SSL neighborhood.