It’s a local treasure with a national reputation for excellence. COCA helps people turn the sparks of passion and talent within themselves into real and often life-altering experiences. If you believe that everyone deserves the chance to realize their full potential, please join us in fostering potential into reality – for a single person, for our community, and for our world.
need-based scholarships awarded to promising young artists
area residents provided with arts education programs
pairs of dance shoes provided to pre-professional students
in arts programming provided annually at no cost to 4,000 regional students
COCA is a strong voice in the national dialogue about the power of arts education, and as a maturing institution, we must balance the need for innovation with the nurturing of existing programs, our commitment to outreach, and the preservation of our historical facility to further grow and sustain our long-term impact on St. Louis.
We believe that the arts are an indispensable part of modern life, and we strive to make them open and accessible to all. Your support helps COCA provide financial assistance and support services to people across the region, and robust education programs at no cost to St. Louis-area students.