Arts In / Arts Out

“CATA has given me my art. I never knew I had this in me.” –Carol (CATA artist)



In CATA’s core program, artists with disabilities participate in arts workshops taught by faculty who are working artists in their fields. Arts In / Arts Out workshops provide stimulating and creative opportunities for CATA artists to develop new skills and achieve broader goals.


To meet the need caused by the coronavirus pandemic, CATA has reinvented in-person workshops as vibrant, multi-week virtual programs in a variety of art forms, including painting, writing, acting, drumming, singing and songwriting, yoga, juggling, dance, and more. Traditionally, 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.

CATA’s Arts In / Arts Out workshops include:

Creative Writing



Modern Dance

Singing and Songwriting

Tap Dance



Visual Art

(painting, drawing, sculpture, etc)


Your support brings CATA programs to 50 organizations—residences, day programs, and schools across Berkshire and Columbia counties. CATA’s program partners include:

Adams-Chesire Regional School District
Berkshire Family & Individual Resources
Berkshire County Arc
Berkshire Service Group
Berkshire Healthcare
Berkshire Hills Regional School District
Blue Q
Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts
Cadmus Lifesharing Association
Camphill Village Copake
Central Berkshire Regional School District
College Internship Program

Columbia County Arc
High Spirit Community Farm
Leander House
Lee Public Schools
Lenox Public Schools
Oakdale Foundation
Oak Lodge
Pittsfield Public Schools
Riverbrook Residence
Southern Berkshire Regional School District
United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County

CATA would also like to thank the following organizations for hosting CATA workshops and events (prior to the pandemic):


Moving Arts Exchange (MAX)
Berkshire South Regional Community Center