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Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts

Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (CMCArts) is where art happens! Come stroll through our seaside open-air galleries full of rotating cultural exhibitions featuring local artists and art from around the Caribbean. Shop our Museum store to purchase art for your personal collection or souvenirs, use our library, or attend one of our many events. Cultural and historical exhibits are presented throughout the year, plus CMCArts offers a wide variety of classes, workshops, forums, and other educational programming during the year for all ages. CMCArts is open to the public Tuesday thru Saturday from 9am to 4pm and virtually at

Location: Frederiksted, West End
Phone: (340) 772-2622

CMCArts' Story

The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (CMCArts) was conceived by Candia Atwater in 1994 as a means of addressing the increase in violence afflicting the youth of St. Croix. Her goal was to provide and teach alternative forms of positive expression through art. At that time, Atwater, a prosecutor for the Department of Justice handling matters in Family Court and an avid collector of Caribbean art, saw the need to have a special place for children, as well as the larger island community to create and appreciate art in all its forms. To address that need she initiated a quality, multi-faceted arts program that focused on St. Croix's youth. As part of CMCArts' annual offerings, Ms. Atwater also initiated the now much beloved and eagerly anticipated 'Island Art & Soul' calendar which showcases Caribbean artists and their work. Since 2003, CMCArts programs and exhibitions have been housed in a beautiful, historic building on Strand Street in Frederiksted.

Get Involved

If you would like to get involved with CMCArts, click here to learn about ways to donate, volunteer or become a member!


Exhibitions rotate every 2 to 3 months and feature local and Caribbean artists in a wide range of artistic mediums. To see a list of the past and current exhibitions, click here


Permanent Collection

CMCArts Permanent Collection is made possible through generous donations by our members and artists. Our collection is very diverse and reflects many artists from or living in the Virgin Islands as well as from around the world.

Quadrille by Lloyd "Dove" Braffith is part of the CMCArts permanent collection

Classes & Workshops

In addition to our gallery exhibits, CMCArts offers a wide variety of classes, workshops and other educational programming during the year. Classes and workshops for all ages include yoga, life and perspective drawing, watercolor, batik, cyanotype, and clay studio instruction. Music, theater and dance workshops are also offered with award winning artists from around the world with outreach programs targeting and engaging our island's youth, and culminating in public performances. Educational outreach to our island school children centered around CMCArts gallery exhibits invigorate students, teachers and parents.

Click here to find out about upcoming classes and workshops!


CMCArts also hosts a wide range of monthly events, including local music, film screenings, educational trips, concerts for visiting musicians, artist receptions, as well as cultural events. To find out about upcoming events at CMCArts, click here.

Shop our Museum store to purchase art for your personal collection or souvenirs! Our Museum store's primary mission is to create awareness and appreciation for the Caribbean Arts and Culture. You will find a collection of original art by Caribbean artists, as well as prints, and handmade artisan giftable items. You'll also find the current CMCArts 'Island Art & Soul' calendar which showcases Caribbean artists and their work. The artists donate 40% of the sale price to CMCArts to help us continue to provide programming for the community.

Shop CMCArts online at here! 

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