When the CPA was created — before Facebook, before any kind of internet entertainment the venue brought things directly to the neighborhood and introduced local citizens to acts they would never have seen otherwise.
These performances introduced local audiences to international music, dance, and other performing arts. The CPA brought inexpensive, diversified entertainment to people's back doors.
For decades, Jefferson was a popular destination for area schools, with youth-focused instructional plays on stage and seminars held immediately in the classrooms.
For several years, the CPA has collaborated with Jefferson Top School and its vocal jazz ensemble to bring high-level vocal jazz ensembles to the stage in conjunction with the "Jazz on the Rock" high school and college vocal jazz festival.
The group brought together individuals of the community who were passionate about the arts, whether as spectators or performers.