While working as a dance therapist for adults with disabilities, CATA founder Sandra Newman was inspired to create community through the arts. In 1993, she founded Community Access to the Arts (CATA), a non-profit arts organization that unleashes the creative talents of people with disabilities, using the arts to connect them with the wider community.
Beginning with one workshop in 1993, CATA has since grown to over 1,500 workshops annually, actively involving hundreds of individuals and many partner organizations from across Berkshire and Columbia counties.
Following a three year transition process, Margaret Keller became Executive Director in 2014, and CATA has continued to flourish. In 2020, the organization harnessed its exceptional community support to complete a highly successful capital campaign and create a beautiful, fully accessible arts center in Great Barrington, MA with dedicated studios for the visual and performing arts.