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In honor of our 30th Anniversary, Tracing COCA takes a look back to recognize the key individuals and moments that have helped COCA achieve its mission: to enrich lives and build community through the arts.

Three decades ago, a group of passionate community leaders conceived of and created COCA, transforming the historic B’nai Amoona Synagogue, built by renowned architect Eric Mendelsohn, into a community arts center.

Throughout COCA’s history, our core values have guided our path. We value the creative potential of all people and the transformative power of the arts to change lives.

The community has embraced COCA’s work – helping COCA grow into the fourth largest community arts center in the country and a national model right here in St. Louis.

If COCA has touched your life at all in the last 30 years—and even if it has not yet—this is an exhibition you don’t want to miss.

Presented by the Arthur and Helen Baer Charitable Foundation, with additional support provided by The Millstone Foundation and Missouri Arts Council, Regional Arts Council and

What’s your favorite memory of COCA?

We’re inviting past and present students, faculty and COCA family members to share their memories through an interactive wall during the Tracing COCA exhibit (Jan. 27-Mar. 5). We’ll have chalk on hand for everyone to draw, doodle and record favorite moments and memories, then we ask you to share your work by snapping a picture (or a video, or Boomerang) using #MyCOCAStory.

If you aren’t near STL, we’d still love for you to participate! Dig up old photos, snap a selfie of where you are now and share your memories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’ll be reposting on our different social channels throughout the exhibit and adding some to the website as well.

Presented By


With Additional Support provided by

The Millstone Foundation

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