CAPAS is a community outreach and non-profit program founded by artistic director, Lola Louis. It began with a small number of piano and voice students in 1985.

Classes are conducted at 755 East 235th Street, Bronx, NY. The program offers professional instruction in music, voice, drama, dance, art and musical theatre. These classes are offered to ages 3 and over. We believe its never too late to start, therefore, senior citizens are welcomed. We also offer classes to autistic and some children with special needs.

Our youth are encouraged to broaden their horizons by reading, thinking critically and participating in field trips to performances and places that develop the imagination. We believe that during the creative process, CAPAS students will gain a sense of accomplishment through hard work, discipline and fun. This sense of accomplishment can develop self esteem and confidence, which we hope will assist in the stimulation of the left hemisphere of the brain.

Our students may learn that through the creative process they will gain knowledge of themselves and their vast capabilities. By working toward artistic excellence, students can gain an understanding of the values and rewards of persistence and effort.

Our classes are kept small, so that each student receives individual nurturing and attention from our experienced and professionally trained instructors.


Lola Louis’ Creative and Performing Arts, Inc. (CAPAS) is a 501(c) (3) studio-based creative and performing arts program.

CAPAS aims to develop the minds, bodies, and spirits of children (three years old and up) and adults by utilizing the creative arts process.

To this end, CAPAS fosters the development of artistic  skills by providing a supportive environment for creative fun and the freedom of artistic expression and ideas.

Give the gift of the performing arts!

The majority of our students receive full and partial  scholarships. Your generous donation will pay for and/or reduce costs of instruction by our experienced instructors, instrument rentals and maintenance, costumes, performance fees, books, supplies, etc.


We have also received citations and awards for our work in the community

  • Citation of Recognition from Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson
  • City Council Citation- Councilman Larry Seabrook
  • New York State Assembly Citation- Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie
  • Citation of Merit Award from Adolfo Carrion, Jr., President of the Borough of the Bronx
  • Achievement Award- The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. (Bronx Chapter)
  • L&L Productions Achievement Award for encouraging members of the community to celebrate their personal and artistic development
  • Audelco Rising star award for best youth performance awarded to Affie McClendon, Karloff Commissiong and The Conscious Ones Acting Company




Lola Louis

Founder and Artistic Director

Lola Louis