12 Sep CATA AND THE MOUNT PRESENT A READING OF POETRY & PROSE
CATA AND THE MOUNT PRESENT A READING OF POETRY & PROSE BY WRITERS WITH DISABILITIES ON SEPTEMBER 27
LENOX, MA—Community Access to the Arts (CATA) and The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, present a reading celebrating the work of writers with disabilities on September 27 at 5pm. The event takes place at the Stable at The Mount, located at 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, MA. A free reception will follow the reading where attendees can meet and celebrate CATA writers.
“We’re thrilled to partner with The Mount once again to share the work of CATA writers,” says CATA Executive Director Margaret Keller. “CATA writers express their creative voices each week in our workshops. By sharing their writing in this dynamic program, we get to spotlight their talent—and our community gets to see the world from their perspective.”
The event will feature guest readers in a program of poignant, humorous, and heartfelt writing created in the CATA Writers’ Workshop—a weekly class where writers with disabilities hone their craft and express their perspectives. CATA faculty artist Janet Reich Elsbach, a talented writer and a gifted teacher, leads the workshop with an inventive curriculum that helps each CATA writer develop their own style in poetry, haiku, autobiography, and short stories. Some CATA writers work with “scribes” to help them put their ideas on paper. CATA artists also work with guest artists throughout the year, including poet Dante Micheaux who guest taught two workshops with CATA writers last fall (work created during those workshops will be featured in the reading at The Mount).
The CATA Writers’ Workshop is one of 28 weekly inclusive arts workshops for people with disabilities taking place at CATA’s Great Barrington studios during the 2023-2024 program year. Each workshop is designed as a series, and enrollment is on a rolling basis throughout the year. A current course catalog is available on CATA’s website at CATAarts.org/joincata.
CATA’s reading at The Mount is made possible by Berkshire Magazine, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and other generous supporters.
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 52 partner organizations to bring visual and performing arts programs to 1,000 people with disabilities across Berkshire County, Massachusetts and Columbia County, New York. Learn more at CATAarts.org.