From the Barre to the Boardroom: The Power of Arts-Based Learning for Business Professionals

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At a time when innovative thinking and imaginative problem solving are seen as the most critical tools for addressing business challenges, the arts can provide powerful methods for integrating these skills into the workplace.

COCAbiz programs bring thoughtful, social and curious individuals together in an intelligent and engaging atmosphere, inspiring business professionals to explore new approaches and emerging ideas across industries.

Not Just Another Trust Fall

Every COCAbiz experience pairs at least one experienced COCA Teaching Artist (professional artists, designers, dancers, musicians, writers, actors and/or directors) with a Business Strategist to design and deliver powerful, arts-based training.

What Do Artists Know? A Lot!

By drawing upon the knowledge of professional artists at the top of their craft, COCAbiz taps into a unique resource for proven outcomes. All COCAbiz trainings are facilitated by a Business Strategist who guides participants through rich reflections about their experience and connects the learning to practical takeaways that participants can implement immediately.

How We Do It

  1. DEFINE THE NEED. Consult with you to understand your needs and identify opportunities.
  2. ASSESSMENT AND ANALYSIS. Conduct assessment of existing data, past training approaches, etc.
  3. RECOMMENDATIONS. Recommend COCAbiz workshops to meet your goals, budget and timeline.
  4. PREPARATION. Collaboratively fine-tune the program to ensure it meets your expectations.
  5. IMPLEMENTATION. Deliver program designed to expand thinking and enhance professional abilities.
  6. EVALUATION. Gather feedback from participants and assess the effectiveness of the program.

Common Outcomes

Through immersive COCAbiz experiences, participants are shaken out of stale thinking habits and rediscover their spirit of experimentation. They gain the confidence to attack intractable problems and collaborate with colleagues throughout their organizations, while honing creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

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