Overview - Cata
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Programs

Arts In / Arts Out

In CATA’s core program, people with disabilities tap into their creativity, discover new talents, and connect with a wider community. Each series explores a particular art form—singing, drumming, modern dance, tap, theater, improv, creative writing, yoga, and juggling—with workshops offered across Berkshire and Columbia counties.

CATA in the Schools

CATA in the Schools brings CATA’s core workshop model to students in special education programs in seven school districts. Students explore new areas of interest, discover new talents, and find their creative voice.

A.R.T. Workshops

CATA offers innovative painting workshops for people with significant physical disabilities using Artistic Realizations Technologies (A.R.T.), an adaptive painting technique developed by Tim Lefens.

CATAdirect Crafts Cooperative

CATAdirect brings together individuals with disabilities and community volunteers to create beautiful, handcrafted products, which are sold to provide commissions to artists and share CATA’s mission wherever products are sold.

Annual Art Show: I Am a Part of Art

A celebration of creativity and inclusion, I Am a Part of Art features vibrant paintings, drawings, and sculpture created by CATA artists with disabilities. Exhibits are held at the Clark Art Institute and the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

Gala and Annual Performance

“One of the most joyous and inspiring events of the year,” CATA’s Gala and Annual Performance is the culmination of hundreds of performing arts workshops and a celebration of the artistry of people with disabilities.

Poetry Reading

CATA’s annual Poetry Reading spotlights the revelatory work of writers with disabilities who hone their skills throughout the year in CATA’s Writer’s Workshop.

Art on Tour

Visual art created by CATA artists is exhibited at museums, galleries, businesses, and other cultural and community sites throughout Berkshire County and beyond.

The Art Cart

Rooted in a strong respect for elders and their history, The Art Cart uses the power of the arts to inspire nursing home residents to express their life stories and talents. A CATA faculty artist leads group workshops in music or works one-on-one with elders to share songs, poems, and stories.

Cultural Access Passport Program

CATA partners with leading cultural organizations such as the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Shakespeare & Company, and Berkshire Theatre Group to give CATA artists the chance to attend their performances.