23 Apr You’re bringing joy to CATA artists across distance
Now more than ever, your support is bringing meaningful connection to people with disabilities.
The social isolation caused by the coronavirus is falling especially hard on CATA artists and their families, caregivers, and agencies. Many people with disabilities are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 and are now separated from their loved ones. Other have lost a valuable sense of routine and community.
In these challenging times, CATA’s mission is even more important. For so many people with disabilities, CATA is a lifeline for connection and self-expression. That’s why we’ve moved quickly to adapt our programs and launch innovative, online workshops serving people with disabilities across our community. YOUR support is making these programs possible. Every gift you send brings creative stimulation and meaningful connection to people with disabilities at a time when they need it most.
“CATA workshops are vital to combating isolation for our artists,” says CATA Program Manager Jeff Gagnon. “So we’re working to help CATA artists connect across distance, and engage people with disabilities in stimulating, fun activities. It’s the most powerful way we can support our community in this difficult time.”
Over the past few weeks, your support has helped us launch interactive online workshops in dance, singing, painting, creative writing, drumming, yoga, and more. From one-on-one workshops for CATA artists in middle and high school, to dance programs streamed live for dozens of artists, your generosity is bringing joy to CATA artists wherever they are.
“It doesn’t surprise me in the least that CATA is thinking creatively now,” says Debbie Caiola, Director of Berkshire County Arc’s Center for Development, where many residents with disabilities count on CATA workshops for creativity and connection. “These are difficult times for the individuals we serve, and so many of them need uplifting right now. CATA is bringing our folks a sense of normalcy and relief. When our artists paint, sing, and dance, they feel such joy, and it connects them with who they are and what they are capable of.”
“This is an unprecedented time for all of us,” says CATA Artistic Director Dawn Lane, “and especially for our CATA artists. That’s why we have to stay true to our mission. We owe it to our artists and our community.”