COCA is expanding! Create Our Future is a multi-year fundraising effort to transform our University City campus and build our capital reserves and endowment funds for scholarships, support services, artistic and educational programming.

Renovations to our historic building were completed in June 2018, and our new East Wing will incorporate the footprint of our former parking lot and approximately double COCA’s building size.

How do I Enter COCA?

We have a new front door! Please enter COCA via the Trinity Avenue entrance, during Create Our Future expansion construction.

Where do I park?

Free parking is provided across Washington Ave. from COCA in a new parking garage shared with Washington University. Limited street parking is also available. Please follow all University City parking rules.

The new parking garage includes 200+ total spaces serving three groups: COCA, Washington University’s 560 Music School, and the University’s Castlereigh Apartments – the same three groups that had been sharing the two smaller surface lots.

With additional spaces overall, we will continue to manage the new garage much as we managed the two lots – spaces will be divided between us and available on a first-come basis.

During special events, COCA will continue to offer valet services, shuttle services, and collaborate with other nearby parking lot owners. COCA staff and 560 Music School staff will also continue to share event calendars to make the best plans to accommodate our patrons.

How long will this all take?

Thank you for your patience as we make these long-term improvements to COCA.

The anticipated schedule and impacts:

Summer 2018

  • COCA’s renovated spaces and the shared Washington University Parking Garage open on June 4, 2018. 
  • COCA’s entrance moves to Trinity Avenue entrance.
  • Expansion construction begins. The Staenberg Studio, The Black Box, and the Washington Avenue lobby close.
  • Classes and camps operate at full capacity for the remainder of construction.

Winter 2020

Join us to celebrate our Grand Opening!

Where can I learn more?

Visit these pages! For more information about the Create Our Future Campaign you can read about it here. If you have specific questions, please email Beth McClure at