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Infusing the arts within education is more important than ever. At CoTA (Collaborations: Teachers and Artists), we’ve had an intentional focus on the arts as a vehicle for learning and education for almost 25 years. 
Building teacher capacity within arts integration through research-based professional development programs, CoTA continues to work in tandem with educators and administration to support students in cultivating creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and innovation. 
This #GivingTuesday, CoTA invites you to be a part of our mission to deepen academic learning in the classroom by engaging teachers in the design, creation, and presentation of arts-integrated projects that align with academic curriculum. Our goal is to raise $5000 in new donations by the end of the year, and we can only do this with your support. This giving season, please consider donating $20 or more and be part of our movement to integrate the arts into classrooms today!

Your Donation Helps Support CoTA Programs

Over the course of three years, teachers receive approximately 60 hours of one-to-one training with highly qualified teaching artists at their school sites. By the end of the third year, teachers are skillful and purposeful in enlisting the visual and performing arts as a mode of meaning making and communication.

Teacher Institutes
CoTA currently offers a STEAM Institute that investigates the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and Cross Cutting Concepts, and a Literary Institute that demonstrates how the arts can support close reading and literary response in the K-8 classroom.

Artist Training
CoTA’s Artist-Educator Institute is a professional development program for emerging mid-career and experienced teaching artists. The Institute is designed to build the capacity of visual and performing artists to collaborate with public school teachers and transform schools through meaningful arts-based learning experiences.

Participants are introduced to a specific art form, see projects that demonstrate how it can be used in the classroom, and given the opportunity to create their own projects. Together with round-table discussions and curriculum planning time, teachers leave CoTA Exploratory Workshops confident in the skills and knowledge needed to lead a similar activity in their own classrooms.