Welcome new CATA staff: Courtney Maxwell

Welcome new CATA staff: Courtney Maxwell

February 9, 2023
Contact: Chris Watford, Communications Director
[email protected] / (413) 528-5485 

CATA HIRES NEW STAFF MEMBER—Courtney Maxwell joins the nonprofit as Program Associate

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA— Community Access to the Arts (CATA) announces the appointment of Courtney Maxwell as Program Associate. CATA has dramatically expanded programs serving people with disabilities. This new staff position will help CATA deepen community partnerships and grow inclusive arts workshops and performances, giving people with disabilities across the Berkshires and Columbia county more opportunities to explore their talents and express themselves creatively.

Courtney Maxwell (she/her) is an artist, art educator and occupational therapist who has worked at MASS MoCA as a gallery art teacher and as an occupational therapist at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. She has a graduate degree in art education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and a graduate degree in occupational therapy from Kean University in Union, NJ. Courtney has experience working with individuals of all ages and abilities in a variety of clinical and school settings. In her new role at CATA, Courtney will support CATA’s Program Director team, with particular focus on programs taking place in CATA’s studios in Great Barrington.

CATA is at an especially exciting stage, with a beautiful new building, robust community partnerships, and expanding programs. CATA has cultivated strong partnerships with 50 community-based organizations, including disability agencies, residences, and schools to serve over 800 people with disabilities through 1,800 annual arts workshops. The nonprofit successfully navigated the challenges of the pandemic financially and artistically, deepening its commitment to artists with disabilities by piloting new art forms, dramatically growing programs for students with disabilities in local schools, and strengthening equity and inclusion initiatives.

About Community Access to the Arts: Community Access to the Arts (CATA) nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities. Through dynamic arts workshops and public events, CATA artists tap into their potential, explore new talents, and share their unique points of view with the wider community. CATA collaborates with 50 partner organizations to bring visual and performing arts programs to 800 people with disabilities across Berkshire County, Massachusetts and Columbia County, New York. Learn more at CATAarts.org.