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By May 15, COCA hopes to complete the CREATE OUR FUTURE Campaign, a $45 million effort to renovate and expand our University City home, making ART FOR EVERYONE a reality in in our glistening new spaces!

Support for this effort demonstrates how much our community cares about COCA and we are only $2 million away from our campaign goal.

Today, we announce a $1 million “Pathway to the Finish” Challenge!

If YOU can help us raise $1 million by May 15th, it will be matched 100% by a group of generous donors and the campaign will be finished!

EACH GIFT, NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL, COUNTS, AND WILL BE MATCHED 100%.

SO:
YOU give $1,000 by May 15  – it means $2,000 for COCA!
YOU give $500  by May 15 – it means $1,000 for COCA!
YOU give $50 by May 15  – it means $100 for COCA!


If you believe, as we do, that a project like this will bring the community together and set the tone for the future of St. Louis, please give now.

 

The goal is within reach and we need your help, as soon as possible!

HELP US REACH THE FINISH LINE



 

“We are so motivated by COCA’s commitment to diversity and equal access to the arts that when we were asked to support the Create Our Future Campaign, it was a no-brainer. I can’t imagine a St. Louis without COCA. Making this dream a reality serves our city, and we are proud to do our part!”
—Shereen & Michael Fischer

Take a peek at our new spaces:

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Founded 34 years ago with the mission of enriching lives and building community through the arts, COCA serves 50,000 children and adults from 235 zip codes, and has a distinguished track record of exceeding benchmarks and eliminating barriers for participation.

Through its programs, COCA strengthens St. Louis by:

  • Serving as a proven model for transforming the lives of at-risk youth.
  • Sending 100% of students in the Pre-professional Program to college/post-secondary training for 18 consecutive years.
  • Dedicating nearly $1 million annually in scholarships, support services and programs in both our studios and across the city.
  • Providing 300 Arts Residency Programs in 50+ schools and community classrooms, to 6,000 students, during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Serving 10 schools and 2,000 students in the Promise Zone of St. Louis during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Employing 290 teaching artists and 45 administrative staff.
  • Serving 35+ St. Louis corporations and non-profits in 2019-2020 with arts-based, workforce development training programs, via COCAbiz
  • Being the only Missouri institution, and only one of 16 in the U.S., accredited by the Accrediting Commission and Pre-Collegiate Art Schools.

CREATE OUR FUTURE:

The $45 million Create Our Future Campaign will raise $32 million for the capital renovation and expansion of COCA’s historic building in University City and $13 million to fund its endowment and reserves.

To date, COCA has secured $43 million from private sources—with 100 percent of its Board of Directors, Campaign Steering Committee, Associate Board, and staff contributing. Lead gifts include $5 million from Cathy & Jim Berges, Alison & John Ferring, and Kim Kuehner – the largest gift ever made by all three.  Also, $3 million from Centene Charitable Foundation, $2 million gifts from Cheryl Holman, David Joyner & Bill Lawton, and Carol & Michael Staenberg, $1.5 million from Monsanto, and $1 million gifts from Jennifer & Tom Hillman, Jane & Dave Peacock, and Edward Jones.