Community Access to the Arts (CATA) seeks a full-time Program Director to lead dynamic performing arts programs for artists with disabilities and nurture partnerships with community-based organizations.
Community Access to the Arts (CATA) is an innovative nonprofit that nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through the arts.
For 28 years, CATA has been a trailblazer in artistic inclusion. In powerful arts programs, children, teens, adults, and elders with disabilities explore new interests and express themselves creatively, developing personally and artistically through dance, theater, singing, drumming, juggling, painting, yoga, creative writing, and more. Their vibrant work is showcased in CATA’s public events– dynamic performances, readings, and art exhibits, presented in collaboration with premier cultural institutions in the Berkshires including The Clark Art Institute, Shakespeare & Company, and The Mount.
In recent years, CATA has dramatically expanded its programs, scope, and impact, cultivating robust partnerships with 50 community-based organizations, including disability agencies, residences, and schools to serve over 800 CATA artists through 1,500 annual arts workshops. Programs focus especially on people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, autism, and brain injuries–historically among the most underserved groups in the arts–and are taught by a professional faculty of talented teaching artists, all experts in their artistic fields.
In 2020, the organization harnessed its exceptional community support to complete a highly successful capital campaign and create a beautiful, fully accessible arts center with dedicated studios for the visual and performing arts.
CATA is an arts organization with a profound social mission: to create an inclusive community where people with disabilities are recognized for their talents. We believe the arts can be a force for inclusion, creativity can be embraced by all of us, and tiny moments of connection can lead to tidal transformations.
Located in Great Barrington MA, CATA has an annual budget of $1.6M. CATA is led by a dedicated team of 10 full-time staff with 25 part-time teaching faculty and an 18-member board of directors. CATA prizes its intentional organizational culture, which is characterized by collaboration, inclusivity, openness, mutual respect and a shared commitment to innovation, bold thinking, and excellence. CATA strives to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.
CATA has been recognized for its groundbreaking work through the Massachusetts Cultural Council Commonwealth Award, NEPR Arts & Humanities Award, Mass Nonprofit Network Excellence Award, 1Berkshire Trendsetter Award, and the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative.
The Program Director is a full time exempt position. Local travel is required to meet with partners and observe CATA programs on site. Salary is commensurate with relevant experience, within the framework of the organization’s operating budget, and in the range of $65,000 to $80,000 annually. An excellent benefits package includes:
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