Programs

Arts and Healing Work

Commonweal has a long history as a center for art and healing. We have seen the value of the arts as a vehicle to and modality for self expression, inspiration, and healing. The connection between the two runs as a thread through many of our programs,…

Gift of Compassion

The Gift of Compassion focuses on under-served and under-resourced communities, integrating ancient practices with current conditions to help bring clarity and healing into the lives of both youth and adults. The program uses art as a portal to meditation…

Visual Thinking Strategies

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a method initiated by teacher-facilitated discussions of art images and documented to have a cascading positive effect on both teachers and students. It is perhaps the simplest way in which teachers and schools can provide students with key behaviors sought by Common Core Standards.

The Center for Creative Community

The Center for Creative Community (C3) at Commonweal explores the intersection of dialogue, cognition, creativity, and community. C3 seeks to deepen our exploration of complex issues in our world—issues that many Commonweal programs confront daily.

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Summer Arts Camp Empowers Youth

For the first time in July, Commonweal hosted a week-long youth arts camp on our Bolinas site, bringing together 30 youth of diverse backgrounds to delve deeply into self-knowledge, self-expression, group bonding, and community activism.