Community Arts University Without Walls (CAUWW)

Certificate Program of Cultural Arts and Social Justice


Community Arts University Without Walls (CAUWW) is a special course of study developed by CCCADI for those interested in the impact and role of cultural arts in engaging issues of social justice within communities. The courses taught by renowned community experts and scholars culturally grounded in the arts, public policy and advocacy will present and engage with students on best practices that have made positive and significant contributions to diverse communities. The two-weeks intensive course of study takes place in Puerto Rico in partnership with the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. The program and focuses on the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, important contemporary issues including cultural equity, social and economic justice and their continuing impact on the present and future generations of cultural arts activists.

The courses include a historical analysis of the challenges that motivated the emergence of the community arts advocacy field, the role of founding artists, cultural workers and organizations in Puerto Rico and the United States.  The course will also cover the role of community based programs and organizations established to address issues impacting the development and growth of communities.

Every year, students meet and work with policymakers, scholars, community arts advocates, artists and cultural workers to collectively develop strategies to ensure equity at all levels of society, specifically within their communities.


Program Courses Instructed by

  • PhD Marta Moreno Vega, President and founder Caribbean Cultural Center – African Diaspora Institute, Adjunct Professor New York University Art and Public Policy
  • PhD María Elba Torres Muñoz, Professor Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y El Caribe
  • PhD Sonia BasSheva Manjon– Director of Barnett Center/Associate Professor Arts Admin/Ed/Policy at Ohio State University

The Inter American University of Puerto Rico is an institution accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Consejo de Educación Superior de Puerto Rico (CES-PR).


For more information: email OR visit