Caux Artist Program
Come and challenge yourself to live and work as an artist with a world perspective!
Please note: The Caux Artist Program won't take place in 2020.
Due to the world health crisis, we are currently working on offering an online version of the Caux Forum 2020. Please stay tuned for more information here.
About the Caux Artist Program
Since 2011 CAP has welcomed to Caux over 70 performing artists from all over the world.
In keeping with the international and multi-cultural "spirit of Caux", CAP has had performing artists, faculty and mentors from Canada, Cameroun, Colombia, Germany, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland , Ukraine, United Kingdom and the USA.
In 2019, CAP returned to Caux with an interdisciplinary summer course in Vocal Arts (classical, music theatre, jazz), Drama and the Humanities.
The Caux Artists Program took place at the Caux Palace, the international conference centre of Initiatives of Change (IofC) Switzerland in Caux, Switzerland.
Support for CAP
The Caux Artists Program has received support from: IofC Switzerland, Initiatives of Change-Sweden, the Hahnloser Foundation (Switz.), the Concordia Foundation (UK), Kulture for Livet (Sweden), the Irene Prestwich Trust (UK), the Renewal Arts International Scholarship Fund ,the Caux Artists Scholarship Fund (USA) and the Barbara Appleton Jackson Scholarship Fund (USA) making it possible to award numerous scholarships to deserving young artists.
CAP and Renewal Arts
The Caux Artists Program (CAP) is presented in association with Renewal Arts, an international network of people who share the conviction that the different forms of art can be positive and powerful forces for changing our personal lives and the wider world. Renewal Arts has presented International Forums in Caux, gathering hundreds of participants from all over the world. Renewal Arts grew out of Initiatives of Change (IofC), a diverse, global network committed to building trust across the world's divides. It is comprised of people of many cultures, nations, beliefs and backgrounds who are committed to transforming society through individual and inter-relational change, starting in their own lives.
The CAP participants are a select group of 12-16 artists from diverse cultural backgrounds who aspire to work in the fields of drama, music theatre and/or music. CAP is inviting actor/singers, singer/instrumentalists and broad-based musicians who have a vested interest in exploring the power of art as a catalyst for change in society, while at the same time strengthening their artistic skill and vision.
The Caux Artists Program will consist of two overlapping phases:
- participation in individual and ensemble classes, lectures, rehearsals and performances
- participation in selected events during the IofC conferences
The training involves networking with the IofC conferences and the Caux community and includes the provision of interdisciplinary arts events.
In addition to audio and video documentation of their performances, all successful participants receive an Artists certificate.
- To build communities of artists from different cultures and faiths in a shared, sustainable commitment
- To challenge artists to explore the ethical and spiritual dimensions of the arts
- To build bridges across different cultures and faiths in the global community
- To create a lively and challenging cultural exchange at the Caux Forum events in Caux, Switzerland
- Language: English
- Participation: Limited to 16 performing artists
- Students are selected based on their application and their artistic aspirations. Music and Music Theatre students are requested (if possible) to submit either an MP3/CD or DVD as an example of their work. This is not an absolute requirement!
CAP encourages applicants to fundraise. Some participants may be able to get funding from their universities. Others may be sponsored by NGO’s, places of worship, or local clubs, such as the Rotary Club. Other possibilities include Crowdfunding. The CAP has funds for approximately 10 half (1/2) Scholarships to be awarded on a need basis. If applicants need further information regarding funding contact CAP.
We do not have money for Artist’s travel expenses, but occasionally have been able to link up artists with people who have helped.
Our experience is that it can take up to three months to get a visa, so it is really important to make your application three months before your arrival date.
You are in charge of applying for your visa, once your local embassy has received the green light from Bern. We will send you the proper document by email once received in Caux.
You can find out where your local embassy is by clicking on this link.
Please note the Swiss representations for some countries, ie:
Zimbabwe: go to the Swiss representation in South Africa
Syria: go to the Swiss representation in Lebanon
Some embassies do not deal directly with visa requests but use a travel agency. Please check the appropriate contact for your country on their website before going.
Caux is two hours by car or train from Geneva and 25 minutes from Montreux. Direct trains run every hour from Geneva Airport to Montreux from 6am to 11pm (check exact times here). The last direct connection to Caux leaves Geneva Airport around 7pm. Please consider this when booking your flights. Detailed information will be provided by the programme team.
You are housed in a shared room in the Caux Conference Center, or occasionally in a nearby house if the main house is very busy, and invariably in a same sex room.
Unless you have the prior agreement of the Caux Artists Program to stay for a longer period, you will be required to cover the cost of any additional days.
The earlier you apply the sooner we can respond to your acceptance, which is handled on a first come first served basis.
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Busy! With classes and rehearsals, service opportunities, meetings with interesting visitors over meals, music and theatre performances in the evenings, there are often too many great choices! Artists may also choose to sit out under the stars, go for a mountain hike at dawn, or walk to the nearby waterfall.
Students should contact their own universities, or work with a professor, to ascertain whether they can get credit for independent study. There are usually additional requirements.
Applications are received via the application form. Recommendation letters and transcripts can also be sent through the application form.
The project you describe (CAP) has my full and enthusiastic support. Without music and art the deeper, wider change we seek will never arrive.
Rajmohan Gandhi, Past President of Initiatives of Change International
When I first took part in the Caux Artists Program (CAP) in 2013, its director, Bev Appleton, told us, ‘Be the best you can be, so we can teach you more’. This year I came back for the third time. The...
- US$ 2,000*
*This covers: tuition, classes, workshops, rehearsals, performances, meals, lodging
Bev Appleton - Program Director
Caux Artist Program
PO Box 86
Harrisonburg, VA 22803