Become a CATA Artist

“CATA creates a place for all. No exceptions.”



Community Access to the Arts offers arts programming for people with a broad range of disabilities. Workshops take place across Berkshire and Columbia counties in residences, day habilitation programs, schools, and eldercare settings, as well as in CATA’s own studio in Great Barrington, MA.


All workshops are taught by professional faculty who are working artists in their fields. No prior experience in the arts is needed to attend or participate in our programs! All are welcome and our program staff can help you learn more about how to get involved.

CATA workshops include:

Creative Writing



Modern Dance


Tap Dance


Visual Art

(painting, drawing, sculpture, and more)


Abstract landscape painting with horizontal stripes of various colors. From Bottom to top: red, black, orange, yellow, orange, green, purple, blue, purple. Layered on top of painting are small amounts of white splatter paint.

And more!

For individuals, families, and caregivers:


• Contact CATA’s program team to talk about your interests and learn more about workshop offerings. Please contact Kara Smith at (413) 528-5485 or [email protected] to schedule a time to speak.


• If you have a caregiver or attend a day program or school, share with them your interest in CATA’s programs. CATA may already be providing programs at your day program or school.


Card to Culture: EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare card holders are eligible for up to 4 FREE workshops at our Studio headquarters. Classes are offered weekly in dance, acting, drumming, juggling, painting, drawing, singing, songwriting, yoga, and more. Available for people with disabilities age 13+. Advanced registration is required; must be accompanied by a caregiver. To learn more or sign up for a workshop, call CATA at (413) 528-5485 or email [email protected]

For teachers and administrators interested in having CATA workshops in your classroom, day program, residence, eldercare setting, or community space:


• Contact CATA’s Program Manager, Jeff Gagnon to express your interest in learning more about CATA workshops and provide information about your classroom or program.


• Schedule a time to meet with CATA staff to discuss how CATA workshops can help you reach the goals and objectives within your classroom or program.



For all questions or to schedule a time to visit, please contact:


Jeff Gagnon
Program Manager
(413)528-5485 ext. 101
[email protected]

CultureRx “Intro to CATA” program:


CATA has created an “Intro to CATA” program for people with disabilities or their families who are interested in knowing more about CATA arts programs. Click here to learn more.