A group of museum curators and artists founded Community Arts International (CAI) in San Francisco in 1976, an exciting time for the arts in America. Museums were seeking new ways to reach non-traditional audiences, while artists wanted to show their work in non-traditional spaces. CAI saw an opportunity to make museum-quality art accessible and meaningful to a broad public audience that rarely visited museums and galleries.
Today, the non-profit art organization fosters collaboration between artists and clients. CAI projects have ranged from curating museum quality exhibitions in non-traditional venues, such as airports, hotels, department stores and office buildings to the art management of architecturally integrated large scale sculpture and paintings to all aspects of collection management, including developing public and private collections.
CAI has a proven commitment to art with decades of experience working with clients and artists to bring a project to successful fruition on time and within budget. We have successfully completed dozens of both small and large scale projects around the world.
Some of our clients include Pearson International Airport, Toronto; Marina Bay Sands, Singapore; State Towers, Seoul, Korea; San Francisco International Airport; San Diego International Airport; Miami International Airport; Hawaii State Council for Arts and Culture; Marriott Hotels; Australia Crafts Council; Government of Guam; Hankyu Department Stores, Japan; and New Almaty Financial District, Kazakhstan.
We have worked with internationally recognized artists such as Jonathan Borofsky, James Carpenter, Katarina Grosse, Ned Kahn, Jun Kaneko, Sol LeWitt, Jaume Plensa, and Richard Serra to commission, manage and support site-specific installations.
The organization maintains international contacts from past projects and keeps current in the worldwide art community by attending major auctions, visiting international art fairs, and searching community venues for emerging artists and fresh ideas. CAI is in daily communication with a network of artists and galleries via the Internet and personal visits.
CAI staff is trained in traditional museum work and has augmented this professional experience with the unique expertise and knowledge required by art in public places.