“My vision for C.A.E. is to expand our social model beyond organic growth by replicating services and global solutions that cover the entire spectrum of economic and social development to effect systemic cultural change.”


- B.J. Pleasant, Founder & CEO

Community Arts Experience (C.A.E.) 501(c)(3) charitable organization delivers an alternative learning and training system that empowers individuals to transform culture holistically.


C.A.E. provides evidence-based programs and services to equip children ages 7-17, parents, and adults with the education, skills, and moral compass to flourish in their communities across generations. A key component to C.A.E. is addressing mental health issues of children and youth including stress, anxiety, and depression, particularly in the wake of COVID.


C.A.E.’s organizational structure comprises four global service divisions designed to influence society for the common good:

  1. Performing Arts Division

  2. Health & Fitness Division

  3. Media & Technology Division

  4. Education & Development Division

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C.A.E. explores specific models inclusive of civic and community engagement projects, career and technical education programs of study, entrepreneurship, arts-infused learning activities, and family engagement capacity building. These offerings are designed to entice students organically by creating an attractive, relatable environment through combined family-friendly entertainment and intergenerational technology conducive to learning and well-being.  


Each C.A.E. branded workshop is built on four dynamic pillars:


  • Responsive & Positive Interventions & Supports:

    • Offer a positive and fun-filled professional environment.

      • Foster and maintain resilience through school and community collaborative relationships.

    • Value academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs.

      • Implement a cognitive-behavioral treatment model for teaching appropriate behaviors.

    • Employ data-driven decision-making on all levels.


  • Holistic Approaches to Learning:

    • Employ combined strategies of arts-infused technical instruction and project-based learning activities to provide unique educational experiences; reflecting the highest standards of both excellence and diversity.


  • College Planning and Workforce & Career Development:

    • Focus on college & career exploration activities and experiences.

      • Incorporate multiple pathways to carry young people from elementary school to adulthood through Life and Career Action Plans.

    • 21st Century Skills Development (Adaptability, complex communication skills, non-routine problem solving, self-management, and systems-thinking.)

      • Accelerate students’ ability to develop, apply, respond, interview, search, engage, and manage employability essentials for jobs & career opportunities.


  • Parent & Family Engagement Mandate:

    • Provide parent & student capacity-building enrichment activities and access to family-supported resources and services.




C.A.E. was launched to address the lack of alternative interactive learning programs and the resulting test scores along with increasing violence in Northeast Ohio in 2008. C.A.E. was one of the first local organizations to recognize why children in underserved communities were impacted the most and needed an alternative learning curriculum.


C.A.E. began offering performing arts (Music, Theater, and Dance) and business management programming for youth 13 through 18. After much research to effectively combat chronic absenteeism, behavioral problems, and low course grades, C.A.E. expanded their reach to impact a broader range of services to children 7 through seniors 55+ with the training and skills necessary to compete in a technology-driven work ecosystem.


After several years, C.A.E.’s program delivery supported by student performance data, uncovered skill gaps that we are uniquely suited to impact within the populations we serve. This data showed an overall combined average increase of 34% of Science, Reading and Math. Attendance rates average increase of 5% and an 11.4% increase in positive student behavior.


Our experience with alternative learning led us to analyze how community professionals could best work together to create a significant education hub to develop non-traditional strategies that would best benefit individuals in dire need of the training and support services that we provide. Over the past decade, C.A.E. developed a coalition-based approach to mobilize community professionals to engage in public action and volunteering to resolve high crime, high unemployment rates, high drop-out rates, chronic disease, mental health, and substance abuse disorders.

Today, C.A.E. students enjoy several arts-infused online and on-demand services delivered in a flexible schedule and small group interaction. Experienced, professional instructors from our communities’ work with youth and adult learners to create individual learning plans tailored to specific needs and pace. C.A.E. also provides the assessment and counseling support needed to make sound educational decisions directly tied to academic and career development outcomes to produce economic, cultural, and social change.


C.A.E. partners with local businesses, nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies to provide access to childcare, transportation, affordable housing, mental health and substance support services, food accessibility, and education resources to improve the quality of life, family, and community. 


To honor our rich history and to guide our activities in the future, we, the directors and staff of Community Arts Experience, embrace the following guiding principles:


We remain true to our mission and work hard to provide high-quality programs and exceptional service to our participants and maximize our donors' support.



To be a leader and a model in both programming and operations, we will embrace appropriate risk levels; we will foster an entrepreneurial spirit informed by inquisitiveness, due diligence, creativity, and responsible stewardship of our assets.



We will be an innovative and agile organization; to this end, we will rely on strategic, collaborative approaches to initiate and support pioneering programs and workshops that break new ground.


Lasting Outcomes

We seek to advance new ideas and discoveries that address the root causes of fundamentals decline; we will define success by objectives linked to a significantly positive and lasting impact on individuals and the broader society.



We will work with and convene community leaders to develop and implement strategies that support innovation and bring new ideas and information to targeted groups; new collaboration areas will evolve as we continually reevaluate needs.


Core Values

We will bring to our workshops and seek in our relationships with others a commitment to, and belief in, empowering children and youth, adults, seniors, job seekers, and workforce partners to develop the next generation of ethical community leaders.



We will engage in arts-infused education and entrepreneurial approaches of continuous learning, hard work, and reassessment; we recognize that these qualities are essential to our mission's achievement.