In creating safe communities the CDP runs a Fun Art Friday project in which children from Bertrams and the surrounds engage in art making every Friday after school at the CDP Art Centre. We also hold holiday programmes for the local children, which helps take them off the dangerous streets of Johannesburg and keep them in the safe confines of the CDP Art Centre. The project aims to take children away from the streets of Bertrams and place them in a safe environment in which they learn and develop confidence and other life skills using the arts. Through this project we tap into the skills and talents that the children possess and are not used maximally in schools. The project also provides the children with a space where they are comfortable to express themselves and build their self confidence in the process. We believe that some of the children who are part of the project may, at some point in their lives, fall back on these skills as sources of income. To realize this project we are looking for financial back up to help provide a meal for the children and purchase some of the art material they use.
For older children who are in high school, we have a more structured art mentorship programme. This came by as we realised that there is real talent in the youth; talent that needed to be nurtured and polished.