CAI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded and built by two artists with international connections, Yin Peet and Viktor Lois, with headquarters in Acton, Massachusetts. Our Mission is to promote the creation, understanding, and appreciation of contemporary art in the global context. Our scope is global. Our programs include international symposia and exchange, artist-in-residency, art education and exhibitions. Our media focus is three dimensional and multidisciplinary. We encourage experimental work in music/sound art, digital media, performance art, installation, and writing as well as sculpture in the more conventional sense of the word.
Its 12-acre campus, THE QUARRY, is surrounded by close to 100 acres of town forest. It is the site of a former working granite quarry. The main building–The Red Box Performance Hall– is a 7,000 square foot multi-purpose studio building containing two galleries, a classroom/workshop, a multidisciplinary performance hall, and outdoor working spaces. The facility is equipped with industrial machinery. Also located on the grounds is a house for resident artists with four private bedrooms, an office, shared kitchen, and living rooms.
The strength of CAI as an art organization in the global context is our international network. Our two Directors were both first-generation immigrant artists with international experience and connections to both foreign and US peers. This assured vitality of networks in Asia and Europe ultimately benefits the US and international artists. We are confident in sustaining our organization to serve the community for years to come.
Contemporary Arts International (CAI) is incorporated in May 1999 in Massachusetts and obtaining tax-exempt status in 2004. The purchase in 2003 of a 12-acre former granite quarry in Acton by Yin Peet was a bold step towards gaining a home for and realizing the future activities of CAI. The vision and persistence initiated by sculptors Yin Peet and Viktor Lois started with negotiations at numerous Town meetings and with the community (56 meetings alone in 2006 seeking approval), continued with slowly clearing the land, designing, engineering and constructing a large studio and residency house. More than 50 pieces of large-scale stone and kinetic metal sculptures from near and far (from MA and Hungary) were moved to the property and formed a key feature of the landscape to accentuate and express our vision for the site: distinctly symbolize a dynamic place for the development and presentation of large-scale art works created by ambitious and uniquely talented artists.