one arts festival of international interdisciplinary collaborations
every year. Each festival has a specific theme, and the
participants must create collaborative work exclusively
on the theme and for the festival. The majority of groups
appearing and exhibiting at the CESTA festivals are put
together by the CESTA staff through a review of the festival
The primary goals of the festivals are:
- to heighten awareness about how art is created through
- to use artistic collaboration to approach difficult
and/or controversial themes
- to expand both the CESTA and each individual artists
network of contacts
- to create a safe environment for the process and result
of creative expression to happen
one-time productions curated by CESTA and include concerts,
film screenings, visual arts exhibitions and theater performances.
We produce these events at CESTA as well as various venues
is a major focus of the CESTA project. Every year CESTA
works with other local and international arts centers
to co-produce events and share artist rosters.
also offers workshops and educational series to further
expose the process of creating art, the role of art in
society and the how-tos of producing or administering
artistic events. CESTA does not exclusively produce art
events. Improving communication is necessary in all sectors
of society. Throughout the year, CESTA hosts educators,
artists and theorists in panel or roundtable discussions.
Topics vary, but concentrate loosely on social interaction
and social responsibility, as well as issues directly
related to art centers and art production.
program incorporates both long and short-term residencies.
Generally, artists seek sponsorship for materials and
per diems while CESTA provides accommodation and resources.
Although the facility is still undergoing renovations,
the flexibility of its spaces and the isolation of its
location make CESTA the ideal environment for many different
We also welcome conferences, particularly those with a
focus on the arts, communication-building and social awareness.