Community Arts International (CAI) is a non-profit art organization that brings art to non-traditional venues by fostering collaboration between artists and clients. CAI projects range from curating museum quality exhibitions in airports, hotels, department stores and office buildings, to the management of architecturally integrated large scale sculpture and paintings, to the development of public collections. Please explore some of our projects.
CAI advised Stanford Health Care on the selection of artwork for the new Stanford Hospital to be opened in Palo Alto, California in 2020. The collection consists of large-scale architecturally integrated works, video installations, painting, works on paper and photographs.
The Guam Museum was started by the Guam Teachers’ Association in 1926, but over the decades the building and its collection have been ravaged by natural disasters, war and occupation. In 2016 the museum, located in the island’s capital, Hagåtña, reopened in a spectacular new building designed by Laguaña + Cristobal. With a collection of over 250,000 artifacts and photographs, the Guam Museum is the only institution in the world dedicated to Chamorro culture and peoples of the Marianas Islands.
Strolling through downtown San Francisco it’s hard to miss the iconic Parisian style kiosks installed in the 1990s. Many of them were designed as newsstands, but today, as newspaper sales have plummeted, almost 70 of them have been shuttered. In 2010, the architecture firm of HOK, initiated the re:News project to develop new uses for the neglected street furniture.
Community Arts International was hired as the advisor to Safdie Associates to recommend appropriate international artists for the $8 billion project. The artists selected by Moshe Safdie created eight site-specific, architecturally integrated works that form an Art Path through the property. This is one of the largest art commissions ever completed as part of the integrated architectural process.
CAI was hired to recommend artists for the project. The architect's vision is that the artist will create a digital artwork using LED technology to be integrated into the façade of the office buildings in the designated LED surface area.
In 1982, CAI ,with grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation, established a museum at San Francisco International Airport in co-operation with The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The museum, the first of its kind in the United States, consisted of seven exhibition galleries and eventually required developing 40 museum-quality, rotating exhibitions each year.
A new district in the old city of Almaty incorporated art into the city plan to create public cultural areas within the urban landscape. CAI worked with the architects, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, New York, tand the developer, Capital Partners, to identify suitable locations for public art and sculpture.
CAI conducted an international competition working with the client and the architects to select art for major commissions within the new airport building. The art was integrated into the architecture and served as a marker for the passengers as they found their destination.
CPAC hired Community Arts International to curate and promote the indigenous and contemporary arts of the Pacific Rim in order to introduce these unique art forms to a global audience. Artists were selected to participate in a traveling sales exhibition of traditional crafts and unique contemporary art. The Pacific Rim has long been overlooked by the broad contemporary art community.
The principles of O'Melveny & Myers, law associates, saw the Community Arts International exhibitions at 101 California Street and decided to launch similar programs in their new building in downtown Los Angeles at 400 South Hope Street. The program was developed to show the uniqueness of the Los Angeles area.
Exhibitions were organized in association with the Gene Autry Western Museum, the Collection of the Southwest Museum Pasadena, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts with special educational programs and events organized to relate to the exhibition. The project was very well received with such appealing blockbuster exhibitions as “I Love Lucy”, “The First Oscars”, Gene Autry's personal art collection, “The History of Downtown Los Angeles”. And Old Time Radio. The program started in 1990 and continued through 1998.
CAI consulted with the airport to select an area for a rotating exhibition program that would feature contemporary arts from Southern California. We designed and oversaw the fabrication of free-standing and wall mounted security exhibition cases, developing a gallery within the airport environment. The inaugural exhibition was based on transportation and travel, featuring the artists Gronk, Carlos Alvarez, Michael Mc Millian, Michael Chapman, Peter Shire, and Ann Rhoney.
From 1999 to 2002 CAI advised San Diego International Airport on their public art program, started a rotating exhibition program, curated three exhibitions and initiated a performing arts program within the terminal.
CAI acted as consultants for the following projects:
CAI worked with the associates of the Embaracdero Center Complex developing a branch of the Fine Arts Museums in the buildings and an assortment of noon-time educational workshops and evening cultural activities to attract a business audience to this shopping and restaurant complex.
CAI acted as a consultant to the City of Oakland for establishing a unique commercial center in a renovated historic Oakland that included shops, restaurants and cultural activities that included recommendations for a branch museum, children's center and rotating exhibitions based on the history of Old Oakland.
The historic Arthur Browne designed building was renovated and historically preserved. Community Arts consulted with the architects to develop an exhibition gallery in the reception area of the building that was compatible with the original functions of the building. The first exhibition examined the history of San Francisco from an artist's perspective, including vintage artwork by Don Kingman, Jade Snow Wong and John Guttmann.
CAI curated an exhibition of rare artifacts from Xian, China. Treasures from the Cradle of Chinese Civilization: 5,000 Years of Ancient Art from the Huang He Valley was a cooperative project between China’s Shaanxi Cultural Relics Bureau and the government of Guam, with the participation of the Guam Visitors Bureau, Guam International Airport, Department of Chamorro Affairs, Guam Museum, University of Guam. CAI acted as the museum expert for the project.
CAI was a consultant to the National Crafts Council of Australia, assigned to curate contemporary crafts and develop exhibitions in public venues.
In 1967 CAI curated an exhibition of the public art of Peter Max which included prints, paintings, sheets, scarves, ties and the New York City phone book. In 2007 the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, CAI organized a Peter Max exhibition for the de Young Museum which included the artists' prints and paintings and attracted thousands of visitors to celebrate this centennial event.
Developed a traveling exhibition for Hankyu Department Stores. The exhibition was based on birds and the tradition of birdhouses. It consisted of both historic and traditional birdhouses created by bird lovers and artists. Bird care, migration, bird watching, and identifing of bird songs were included in an exhibition that toured Japan and was then donated to a national bird preserve.
Community Arts International developed a permanent exhibition about the gold rush history of San Francisco 1846 to 1850 that was based on the artifacts excavated under a new building on Mason Street. The artifacts showed evidence of a grocery store, Chinese medicine and herb shop, a hotel and restaurant housed in a sunken ship as well as personal artifacts from the miners and their families. Community Arts International developed an exhibition and visual history about this time period in San Francisco. The artifacts that were excavated re created the Medical Herb Shop and exhibited the other artifacts in the context of their history.