CATA in the Schools

“CATA helps instill my students with confidence. They can talk to people. They can be independent. They know they have something to give.”



CATA in the Schools provides arts workshops to students with disabilities in area high schools and middle schools. Many of these students do not participate in mainstream art classes and, without CATA, would have little exposure to the arts in their curriculum.


In many cases, CATA provides additional support as students transition out of high school, working with special education teachers on I.E.P.’s (Individual Education Plans) and offering continued access to CATA workshops after graduation. Students in high schools represent the next generation of CATA artists.

Image description: CATA artist Hayden Robb stands in an art gallery, smiling and pointing to his painting.
Hayden Robb

Thanks to you, CATA partners with 9 school districts across Berkshire County, including:


Berkshire Hills Regional School District
Central Berkshire Regional School District
Hoosac Valley Regional School District
Lee Public Schools

Lenox Public Schools
North Adams Public Schools
Pittsfield Public Schools

Southern Berkshire Regional School District
Taconic Hills Central School District

In 2020-2021, CATA is providing VSA Arts Connect All Workshops through CATA in the Schools, under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. That means your support will go further to bring arts programs to students with disabilities across the Berkshires!

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