COCA has activated the power of arts education in the heart of our St. Louis community for over 30 years. To leverage that power to meet our shared needs today and fulfill the potential of tomorrow, it’s time to grow.

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Just Announced!
The COCA Create Our Future Grand Opening Gala will honor the following individuals:

Ferring Award for Philanthropy:
Kim Kuehner

Newell S. “Jim” Knight Volunteer Service Award:
Linda & Jesse Hunter

Special recognition of Create Our Future Campaign Chair, Cheryl Holman

Join us in creating our future

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For a personal conversation about COCA’s future, please contact:

Kelly Pollock
Executive Director
314.561.4860

Pam Mandelker
Director of Advancement
314.561.4869

As we know from three decades of experience, the impact of a promise kept extends across generations.

With your help, we will raise $45 million to support the construction of our facility expansion as well as build capital reserves and endowment funds for scholarships, support services, artistic and educational programming. The ambitious project positions COCA to meet evolving community needs and serve its growing student base, while also sustaining its long-term commitment to ensuring access.

As a community, we will do all of this together.

Renovated Kuehner West Wing Facilities – Completed June 2018

  • Staenberg Performance Lab, a sunlit central studio, rehearsal hall, and performance space restoring the original architecture of Mendelsohn’s sanctuary.
  • Dierbergs Kitchen at COCA – a state-of-the-art space to be used for culinary programs in addition to hosting and serving events.
  • More than 3500 square feet of renovated multi-disciplinary studio space, including two new dance studios, Peacock Studio and Emerson Studio, and the new Gold Art & Design Studio equipped with tools to foster exploration and creativity.

New Ferring East Wing Facilities

  • A state-of-the-art theatre (450+ seats) to both meet COCA’s growing performance needs as well as expand opportunities to host local and touring visiting artists. It will be named in honor of the Berges Family Foundation.
  • 4,600 square feet of new multi-disciplinary studio space for COCA’s growing programs, including its nationally accredited programs in dance, theatre, voice, and early childhood.
  • New community space – located throughout the project – to create a more hospitable, welcoming second home for COCA’s families and visitors.
  • A designated, safe, and accessible drop-off and pick-up configuration offering an alternative to short-term garage and street parking.

Why We Support the Create Our Future Campaign:

“We have had the privilege of being part of the COCA family since 2004. During these 15 years we have witnessed COCA’s mission empower thousands of Saint Louisans with lifelong skills developed through access, scholarship, education, arts discipline, immersion experiences, and mentoring. Create Our Future ensures that the magic that happens at COCA daily will continue with more & more students crossing the threshold.”
—Lisa & Greg Boyce
“We are invested in COCA because it’s great for our family, and great for St. Louis!”
—Lauren Herring & Ted Disabato
“During the 15 years that we have been involved with COCA, we have watched it grow from a small, but productive, organization to what it is today. Throughout its growth, COCA has built on and fostered its core values and strengths— creativity, inclusiveness and innovation. Students interact and build friendships with others beyond their own communities. Although COCA has produced many professionals, it has also been a place for participants of all ages to build con dence, learn new skills, and appreciate the arts. We are very proud of COCA and what it has accomplished and look forward to continued participation in its growth and development.”
—Karen & Larry Kotner
“I believe that skills, values, con dence, empathy and optimism found in the creative arts are the best hope of human civilization and the core competence vital to successful children, adults, communities and our planet. COCA’s mission is at the epicenter of this conviction. It’s impact on our future well being cannot be exaggerated. I consider it both a duty and an honor to provide support to the security and continued expansion of this mission.”
—Kent Turner

News & Updates

COCA Completes Renovation Phase of $29M Create Our Future Expansion, Announces $5 Gift from Kim Kuehner

COCA – Center of Creative Arts today unveiled significant renovations to its historic Erich Mendelsohn-designed University City building and announced a $5 million gift to its Create Our Future Campaign from Kim Kuehner, a St. Louis philanthropist and retired business owner. This most recent gift brings the total raised to $41 million to fund the community organization’s plans to grow its University City campus and build its endowment and reserves.

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Campaign Leadership & Project Team

Launched quietly in early 2015, the campaign is spearheaded by a 12-member Steering Committee chaired by Cheryl Holman, with Honorary Chairs Alison and John Ferring. Meet the Create Our Future campaign leadership and project team.

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