Community Access to the Arts

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Contact Information

Community Access to the Arts
Contact: Dawn Lane, Program & Artistic Director
Email Address:
Phone: 413-528-5485
Fax: 413-528-3286

40 Railroad Street Suite 6 Great Barrington, MA 01230
Area Served: West

Map Location Community Access to the Arts


Community Access to the Arts nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts.

Arts In & Arts Out
In this core program, artists with disabilities learn, grow, and find community in sustained arts workshops led by faculty who are are gifted teachers and working artists in the visual and performing arts. Working closely with our program partners, CATA creates workshops that provide stimulating and creative opportunities for our artists to develop new skills and achieve broader goals. These workshops take place across Berkshire County in residences, day habilitation programs, schools, and eldercare settings, as well as in CATA’s own studio in Great Barrington.

The Art Cart
A CATA Faculty Artist and a CATA artist travel room to room in local nursing homes, sharing songs and stories, as well as a colorful mobile lending library of framed artwork. The Art Cart serves an older population including those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as patients in rehab. Residents become more energetic and animated–in conversation and in movement–creating profound benefits from a therapeutic, creative, and emotional standpoint.

Service Types

  • Adult Education
  • Skills Training
  • Socialization Activities

Program Type

  • Recreation/Arts/Social and Leisure

Ages Served

  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22
  • 23 – 59
  • 60 +

Additional Information

  • Fees: Personal Funds