The Community Education Center was founded by local community members to promote shared experiences among diverse audiences. Over time, performing arts became the unifying thread and the Community Education Center has grown into an arts organization with a focus on cultivating a support system for artists, supported through residency and service programs.
The Community Education Center (CEC) produced the 25th season of the New Edge Artists Service Program and Performance Series, a program that serves performing artists at different stages of career development. The series offers two categories of support: the New Edge Mix and the New Edge Residency. The New Edge Mix is a showcase for artists at an early stage of their development and/or who previously had few opportunities to perform, while the residency is designed for artists with substantial performance experience, who are still considered as "emerging" artists. Selected artists receive rehearsal space, a stipend, and production services for three evenings of concerts of their own work in the CEC's Meeting House Theater, as well as a professional photo shoot and video documentation of their concert. New Edge awardees are also eligible to take part in the CEC/New Dance Alliance Exchange, a collaborative performance venture with New Dance Alliance in New York City.