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