April 26

COCAcabana: Kaleidoscope

Celebrating Community, Culture & the Arts

COCAcabana Electric Oasis Guests
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COCAcabana Electric Oasis Guests

COCAcabana, COCA’s annual fundraiser, is a dynamic and creative spring event that draws more than 500 business and community leaders for cocktails and dinner, silent and live auctions, artistic performances, special celebrity guests, and imaginative themes that are uniquely COCA.

Started in 1988, COCAcabana sustains COCA’s work throughout the community, which provides arts programming in schools without access to arts education and offers scholarships for students to participate in COCA programs. Accounting for nearly 20 percent of COCA’s annual contributed revenue, COCAcabana is crucial to continuing this vital work.

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Meet our 2024 COCAcabana Alumni Chair, Bahja Johnson

Bahja Johnson is a dynamic fashion and diversity & inclusion leader, with proven success leveraging inclusion as a catalyst for innovation, and innovation to drive growth and change within the retail industry. Most recently, Bahja served as Head of Equality & Belonging at Gap Inc. where she focused on cultivating a culture of belonging for employees, delivering inclusive products and experiences for customers and communities, and enabling the end-to-end integration of the Equality & Belonging strategy across the Gap Inc. portfolio.  

Bahja first joined COCA in 1998, taking Jazz I as a student of the incomparable Ms. Lee Nolting. Bahja went on to join COCA’s Pre-Professional Division, taking classes in jazz, ballet, modern, and tap. She continued dancing in high school as part of the Dance Squad and yearly Dance Show at the John Burroughs School in St. Louis and went on to join the Quaker Girls Dance Team at the University of Pennsylvania as a student at The Wharton School. As a proud COCA alumna, Bahja maintains a love of dance as a student at the Alvin Ailey Extension in New York City. 

SAY Yes! to Support Arts for Youth

COCAcabana sustains our work in the community by raising funds for COCA’s SAY Yes appeal, which helps ensure increased and equitable access for students to experience, learn from, and excel in the arts. SAY Yes to Support Arts for Youth and help COCA further our reach.

Your gift to COCA’s SAY Yes appeal could provide tuition for a Pre-Professional Division student, arts residencies at a school, transportation for students, registration for campers to attend our Summer Arts Camps, and more.


Become a COCAcabana Sponsor

Interested in sponsorship opportunities and benefits for COCAcabana? Contact Virginia Howell at 314.561.4870.

Photos from COCAcabana 2024: Kaleidoscope

Thank you for your support of COCAcabana 2024: Kaleidoscope. The event helped raise more than $1 million to ensure access to arts programming for our creative community.

COCAcabana Sponsorships and Donations

Contact Virginia Howell, Director of Individual & Corporate Engagement, at to find out how you can support COCAcabana.

Special Thanks: Ampcus Inc.; Drybar; First Bank; Hacienda Mexican Restaurant; IT Solutions, Inc; Lathrop GPM LLP; Lodging Hospitality Management; Ogletree Deakons; Parrita Group; Pure Entertainment; Raising Canes; S.M. Wilson & Co.; Suzy Gorman

Chairs styled by Brooke Pemberton, Brandon Intravia, Jacquie Leonard, and Talor Norwood at Neiman Marcus