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October 26, 2010

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October 26, 2010

CATA is a leader organization; its mission is embodied (embedded) in every interaction and activity I've witnessed between participants and their community. Core values of dignity, warmth and respect drive their work and their vision for artistic achievement. They strive to break down stigma and create community in which everyone is welcome; everyone's participation is seen as important and is celebrated. CATA is innovative and invigorating.. whether you're just there to watch, or to join in.

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My visits as an observer (filmmaker) showed me how powerful the mission in action can be; especially when I watched a young (blind) woman learn to tap dance, and then later perform that dance for a huge theater audience - what a marvelous process, and moment of personal triumph.

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There aren't any changes I can think of to suggest at this time.. they seem to be getting better and smarter as an organization each year. I'm always impressed with CATA.

March 11, 2014

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March 11, 2014

Knowing CATA's work from the community, we asked them to arrange a drumming class at our school for developmentally disabled and neurologically impaired youth and teens. The instructor, Vikki True, established an immediate rapport with the kids and by the end of the first class everyone in the group had found their rhythm and voice. The success of this 8-week program convinced our administrative and clinical staff to add other CATA programs to our after-school curriculum. A Painting class and Movement class met with equal success among our students. CATA does an excellent job at not only developing creative outreach programs but in finding the best people to lead them. Each of the instructors we worked with showed a great deal of understanding for our community members, formed immediate connections, and nurtured and encouraged each of their participants to take risks and engage in the activity.

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love to see them raise enough money to be able to offer these programs to residential therapeutic communities such as ours, free of charge. The number of programs we were able to make available to our students was only limited by funding.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 31, 2013

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October 31, 2013

Volunteering at CATA is one of the highlights of my week. I enjoy the artists/writers/students, volunteers and staff. The workshops are stress-free and fun, projects are well organized and the staff gives us specific instructions for each craft project or writing assignment including how to help the artists achieve success and satisfaction. Both the craft class and writing class in which I volunteer have become a caring team who thoroughly enjoy and support each other as we work together to complete our craft or writing projects. What unites us is greater than what divides us--disabilities become less obvious in the light of friendship.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

March 16, 2011

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March 16, 2011

im 38y/o and i have disabilities and i have excepted my disabilities i had been in programs all of my life from age 13 in 1986 ro jan. 22 2000 and no one believed that i could ever be indapendent but been indapendent for 11 years now but as a adult with disabilities i cant understand how no one can help and adult with disabilities that are very talented artist with there art work i am a junk artist that takes art and makes the most amazing art out of junk but no one seems to want to help me and as a adult with disabilities thats not right and i have excepted my disabilities and cant change it but what is so wrong and frustrating that theres not enough help for adult artist with disabilities be successful and thats whats wrong

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never new found a google search

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tell them they should help more to fund adult artist with disabilities

January 27, 2011

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January 27, 2011

I am a faculty artist with CATA. I give workshops using poetry as a guide to encourage the participants to express themselves as their self-knowledge and memories are stimulated. I have seen their self-esteem grow. The participants in my workshops, through their CATA experiences, support and love each other despite the differences in the types and levels of their disabilities. They love CATA. They are respected in their CATA classes and in their interactions with each other, faculty and staff. The mother of one of the participants said to me, with tears in her eyes, that she'd never imagined that her son would be able to reach his potential. But he has. David is a wonder.
I am extremely proud to be a part of CATA. The work is joyful. The work is rewarding. The work gives me, certainly, as much as I give.

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as a faculty artist. My students' work is always a part of the sharings CATA presents that include all of preforming art workshops. Many of us as faculty members, share with each other the beauty of the work and our joy in seeing the results at the sharings.

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hope to see it be able to offer to more and more the benefits of their classes that result in such positive personal growth in individuals with disabilities. The respect that individuals with disabilities are given is a tremendous gift that allows them to reach for their potential.

January 19, 2011

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January 19, 2011

Few organizations are as inspired and compassionate as Community Access to the Arts. Its egalitarian approach to all human beings is a model that could be followed every person and organization.

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people's attitudes toward individual differences.

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work to expand the excellent organizational model that CATA has created to every state in the US

January 19, 2011

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January 19, 2011

I went to my first class at CATA –that’s how we call it - because my friends invited me. I was new in town. My first class was music and singing. But there were more. We stretched and exercised too. I am non verbal, but it didn’t matter. I could play instruments and I could learn the songs, sing them in my head. I made many friends there.
My second class was dancing. Everybody could participate, dancing with their hands and arms only, or with the whole body. I had a friend and helper with me and I had a lot of fun.
I like to write poetry and I found out that I could read my poems to everyone who wanted to lesten to it. And everybody wanted to. I started going to creative writing classes.
At the show people with all abilities performed and it was great. If someone needed help, there were helpers and every participant could show their art, even if it was the art of smiling.
I moved away to another state but I still write my poems for the classes. I use the internet. I go back every year for the show and I see my best friends. I don’t go on the stage anymore but I watch with amazement how wonderful my friends are, performing theater, dancing, tap dancing, juggling, singing.
I am still part of CATA and I remember the first time I felt this way. It was the first time the staff talked to me. Not to my helper, but to me. I was new and they didn’t know my abilities but it didn’t matter because they knew I had abilities. They wanted me to be part of their community and they still want me to grow as an artist and that’s special and it makes me feel special
We are all special at CATA

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How I am seen in the neurotypical world and how I , and my peers, should been seen in the neurotypical world. I was always treated with the same respect and consideration that neurotypical people take for granted but that is not the rule for people with disabilities

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No changes, but I hope they grow to serve more people

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Friends attended classes when I moved to town

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I became a poet and have learnt that I can speak up and people will listen

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 15, 2011

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January 15, 2011

Our son is schizophrenic. The many workshops offered through CATA, has helped him thrive in so many ways we never thought possible. To say this unique community program has given him a purpose and allowed him to use his talents to showcase all the special qualities, creativity and abilities he possesses is an understatement. We only wish that CATA could serve as a pilot program all over the USA.
For over 30 years, we have experienced a multitude of private care facilities for our son. Thanks to CATA he is living independently and happier than he has ever been. Each day, CATA has him placed in a workshop where he uses his music background. TO say there is no way to express our gratitude is an understatement. We are indebted to Sandra Newman and CATA forever.

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CATA has given our son more meaning to his life than we ever thought possible.

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I would try very hard to make sure that this program was a model in communities across the country. It is imperative to have this type of opportunity for people who are challenged. It will alter their lives.

January 14, 2011

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January 14, 2011

CATA's mission is to serve men and women with special needs. They do this by teaching students how to participate in the performing arts: dance, theatre, music, and, in addition, the creation of art through painting and crafts (weaving, sewing, etc.) I have been thrilled and moved by many of their performances, and I have bought works of art from the artists in the group. The students' imagination and skills are limitless under the care of fine teachers from the community, i.e. Great Barrington, MA and surrounding towns in the Berkshire Mountains. Through the inspired support of teachers and Board Members, CATA has enriched students and therefore their families and friends over many years. My life is greatly enriched from the sense of possibility inherent in being involved with CATA. I will support them forever.

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(see above)

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I'm not sure I can think of ways in which I would change CATA. As I see it, since I am a friend of someone on the Board, they are constantly reviewing their mission and improving it whenever they can.

January 14, 2011

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January 14, 2011

I was introduced to this charity via a yearly performance to showcase their work about 10 years ago. I was immediately taken and went on to find out more about them. Shortly thereafter, I joined their Board of Directors for about 8 years.

CATA's work is amazing! It brings together so many
groups of people and truly breaks down barriers. Sandy Newman and Dawn Lane are two of the most dedicated individuals I have ever met. Their spirit lives in everything about CATA.

CATA is about community, respect for all, and the idea that we are all artists.

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their work both visually and creatively. CATA never ceases to amaze me...

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I wouldn't make any changes...If possible I would duplicate it around the country...

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