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The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (CMCArts) was conceived by Candia Atwater in 1994 as a means of addressing the increase in violence afflicting the youth of St. Croix.  Her goal was to provide and teach alternative forms of positive expression through art.  At that time, Atwater, a prosecutor for the Department of Justice handling matters in Family Court and an avid collector of Caribbean art, saw the need to have a special place for children, as well as the larger island community to create and appreciate art in all its forms.  To address that need she initiated a quality, multi-faceted arts program that focused on St. Croix's youth.  As part of CMCArts' annual offerings, Ms. Atwater also initiated the now much beloved and eagerly anticipated ISLAND ART & SOUL calendar which showcases Caribbean artists and their work.  Since 2003, CMCArts programs and exhibitions have been housed in a beautiful, historic building on Strand Street in Frederiksted.

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To inspire and promote the Caribbean's rich cultural and artistic heritage through engaging the diverse communities of the Islands


  • Engage and celebrate the diversity of artists and audiences of the Caribbean

  • Promote creativity and critical thinking

  • Exhibit integrity by being good stewards in and honest, transparent, and ethical manner

  • Commitment to celebrate the rich and diverse artistic traditions of the Caribbean

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As a not for profit organization, CMCArts is always in need of your participation.  We rely on volunteers to augment our staff and to keep things running smoothly.  Thanks to the support of members, donors, sponsors and supporters, CMCArts is able to expand its mission and provide the community with the highest quality exhibitions, programs, events, educational outreach and creative experiences

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