Uplifting the Arts in Our Community

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Instilling Confidence in Our Young Artists

COCA believes all students who participate in the arts gain confidence, discipline, and a diverse worldview. For more than 35 years, COCA has provided a safe, supported community where students can be themselves and express their creativity. We are committed to our students’ growth, helping them to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

Creating Opportunities for Our Community

COCA touches the lives of more than 50,000 students, audience members, artists, and families each year through our arts education programs. COCA provides limitless opportunities for our community to engage in the arts, including:

  • High-caliber training with renowned guest artists and performance opportunities for pre-professional students
  • A performance season with programming for audiences of all ages to witness live theatre
  • Arts learning through residencies and classes at local schools
  • Summer Arts Camps to experience new things and build skills

COCA’s mission is to enrich lives and build community through the arts. With a commitment to equity and access, COCA serves as a regional hub for learning in and through the arts for all ages from all backgrounds. One of the most diverse cultural institutions in St. Louis, COCA serves more than 50,000 students, audience members, artists, and families from more than 200 zip codes across the St. Louis region every year.