COCA is committed to a vibrant St. Louis that is creative, connected, and inclusive.

Ten years ago, 100 Visionary Partners formed the Richard Baron Leadership Circle in support of what a strong community arts center could mean for St. Louis.

COCA responded by creating equitable access and unmatched artistic opportunities for more than 50,000 people from 293 zip codes.

Today, your membership ensures that COCA stands as a house of the people—where everyone is welcome.

People are joined by the things they love, the arts are no exception.

Our new campus expansion is a monumental milestone and a statement about our ambitions for a bright future—and we’re just getting started.

Now, during this moment of change and unprecedented challenges, we know the arts are more critical than ever and we need to expand our circle even further.

Will you join us?


Make a Difference

Membership in the Leadership Circle starts at $1,500 per year and helps to provide close to $1 million in individual scholarships and arts education programs to St. Louis area schools.

Levels of Support

$1,500 Annually

Provides scholarship support for three children to experience two weeks of COCA Summer Arts Camp

$2,500 Annually – Visionary Partner

  • All of the above, plus an invitation to NEW private event with COCA Executive Director
  • Opportunity to rent COCA space at 10% discount

Provides a year-long scholarship and support services for an elementary age student in COCA’s Discovery Young Artist Program

$5,000 Annually – Adopt-A-Dancer Partner

  • All of the above, plus the opportunity to Adopt-A-Dancer and shadow his or her development at COCA
  • Opportunity for COCA YOP tax credits (pending availability)

Provides ACT tutoring for students in COCA’s Pre-Professional Division

$10,000 Annually

  • All of the above, plus the opportunity to rent COCA space at 25% discount

Provides a semester-long arts residency in two COCA elementary school classrooms
$25,000 Annually

  • All of the above, plus complimentary use of the Millstone Gallery or Dierbergs Kitchen for a private event

Provides a year of van transportation for students who otherwise couldn’t participate at COCA

COCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and does not receive United Way or any taxpayer support.

Richard Baron Leadership Circle Donors 2018–2019

Rhonda & Carlton Adams
Barbara & Steve Archer
Christy Beckmann & Jim Vykopal
Renee & Andrew Bell
Barry & Barbara Beracha
Amy Best
Van-Lear & Marion Black
Nida & Chad Bockert
Lee Bohm
Mark & Ramsey Botterman
Joanne & Scot Boulton
Lisa & Greg Boyce
Tiffany & Bill Bradley
Chrissy & Lee Broughton
Betsey & Hunter Brown
Julie & Bob Burmeister
Barbara & Stephen Burrows
David Butler & Lance Licht
Lisa Caplan & Shane Hieronymus
Lisa & Tom Carnahan
Peter Czajkowski & Juliet Chayat
Robert & Mary Ciapciak
Maxine Clark & Bob Fox
Molly & Chris Danforth
John Davis
Pamela Dern
Arnold & Hazel Donald
Bill Carson & Amy Drummond
Brian & Angie Dunn
Meg & Sam Eveland
Alison & John Ferring
Steven & Linda Finerty
Sam & Marilyn Fox Foundation
Brendan & Angela Freeman
Michael Weisman & Laurie Garland
Susan & Norman Gilbert
Erica & Edward Glanz
Carolyn Gold
Ken Goldberg
Stacey Goldman & Tim Greenwald
Barbara B. Goodman
Diedre & Michael Gray
Nancy & Randy Green
Sharon & Marc Gunter
Mary Jo Hernandez-Zipfel & Greg Zipfel
Lauren Herring & Ted Disabato
Thomas & Jennifer Hillman
Patti & Bart Holtzman
Suzanne & Thomas Hough
Jesse & Linda Hunter
James & Suzanne Johnson
Kristin & P. K. Johnson
Sally Johnston
David Joyner & Bill Lawton
Karen Kalish
Lee & Peggy Kaplan
Lauren Weissman Kerner & Kyle Kerner
Pauline Kim & Philip Lee
Janet Knight
Karen & Larry Kotner
Kenneth & Nancy Kranzberg
Kim Kuehner
Carl & Gail Lang
Amy Lefton

Geralynn & Bob Lord
Susan & Daniel Ludeman
Pam & John Mandelker
Kathy Manganaro
Elizabeth Mannen
Kory & Kelly Mathews
Sharon Buchanan-McClure & Richard McClure
Anne & Kevin McCormack
Rob & Melissa Merlin
Tom & Becky Minogue
Gwen Mizell
Anne & David Morgan
Laura & Cameron Murray
Michael & Noemi Neidorff
Elizabeth & Ricky Nix
Jack & Rachel Oliver
Kenneth & Heidi Olliff
Kanika Pandey & Shrikant Ramachandran
Lynne & Foster Parriott
Jane & Dave Peacock
Penny Pennington & Mike Fidler
Gordon & Susan Philpott
Kelly & Mitchell Pollock
Fernanda & Eduardo Queen
Jane & Charlie Rallo
Stephanie & Anthony Randall
Joseph & Susan Rechter
Dana & Ron Redwing
Andy & Lisa Remack
Michele Rose & Larry Kaplan
Susie & Jonathan Sachs
Dana & Barry Sandweiss
Mary & Steven Schoolman
Michael & Susan Scully
Wendi & Shannon Sock
Douglas & Kathleen Sprong
Carol & Michael Staenberg
Ken & Marilyn Steinback
William & Jarona Stevens
Mary & Thomas Stillman
Mary Strauss
Caryl & Alan Sunshine
Rob Fucetola & Susan Sylvia
Eliot & Richard Tao
Patti & Holden Thorp
Sherri & Jim Tichenor
Justin & Tedd Trabert
Sarah Trulaske
Kent Turner
Peter & Susan Tuteur
Lisa & Andrew Tuteur
Ellen & John Wallace
Josephine & Richard Weil
Sarah & Michael Wendt
Peter & Linda Werner
Susan & Joe Werner
W. Jack Wichmann
Susan & Stuart Zimmerman

List includes members who joined or renewed their support during COCA’s 2019 fiscal year—Sept. 1, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2019. To inquire about your membership status, please contact Pam Mandelker, COCA Director of Advancement, at 314.561.4869.