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COVID-19 Updates – Closed through Mid-May

A Message from Executive Director Kelly Pollock:

With the prolonged stay-at-home order in both St. Louis City and County, COCA has extended the closure of our building until at least mid-May, at which time we will re-evaluate in accordance with the latest information from public health officials.

We will communicate additional changes as we continue to adapt to the most up-to-date information.

Please see the full list of schedule updates below.

  • April 24, COCAcabana 2020: COCAchella annual fundraiser: MOVED ONLINE – VIRTUAL PARTY PLANNED FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 24
  • May 6 – 7, Harmonious Vocal Concert: POSTPONED, please check back for details on rescheduled dates and times
  • May 12, bizWORKSHOP: The Art of Conversation: POSTPONED, please check back for details on rescheduled dates and times

MARCH 27 Update:
A Message from Executive Director Kelly Pollock:

In the continued spirit of putting the health and safety of the COCA community first, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to extend the closure of our campus through Sunday, May 3rd, re-opening Monday the 4th. As has been the case, organizational leadership is meeting routinely and will communicate any adjustments as needed. With this decision comes a couple specifics I’d like to briefly mention.

Current Winter/Spring Semester:
We’ve been grateful to hear from so many students and families about how deeply classes and instructors are missed – how times like these shine a spotlight on how enriching arts experiences are needed. We’ve heard you: Our program team and teaching artists have worked together to shift classes and deliver them online (see more on this below).

Summer Classes, Camps & Intensives:
As of right now, Summer Camps and Summer Classes remain on schedule. During these rapidly changing circumstances, we will continue to make informed decisions along the way and let you know if adjustments regarding summer programming are made.

COCAcabana Annual Fundraiser:
We are doing everything we can to recreate the excitement and impact of this vital event by hosting a virtual party on the originally planned date of Friday, April 24. This essential fundraiser accounts for approximately 25% ($900,000) of COCA’s annual contributed revenue and is a significant source of funds for scholarships for the coming year. We are filled with gratitude for those who have already pledged to continue their support despite this setback. Learn more and RSVP here

We are elevating our efforts to build community online
The show must go on, and we have worked quickly to shift classes to an online platform through the end of the current semester. Of course, this fundamental shift in the way we communicate and do our work comes with a period of fine-tuning, and we’re thankful for the patience and understanding of students and families as we move to the virtual realm.

Our team values your feedback and hopes you’ll share it with us as we modify our approach. We are communicating with current semester students and families on what to expect and how to access classes online, and we hope you’ll stick with us as COCA classes go digital for the time being. For members of our student companies, you will hear directly from your artistic director regarding residencies, rehearsals, and performances as we continue to shift our schedules.

This is a difficult time, and we are deeply grateful for you working with us for the sake of everyone’s wellbeing. With the announcement of this closure extension, I also want to let you know we are doing everything within our power to support our staff and teaching artists, while serving our COCA community. I am eternally grateful for their inspiring work and adaptive nature, despite being in such unfamiliar territory.

Rest assured that we will be in touch with additional updates as needed


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