Through its Urban Arts Program, COCA provides hands-on multidisciplinary arts instruction
to at-risk children afterschool, in the summer, and integrated into the academic curriculum at
Jefferson School. The classes are taught by artist/instructors who serve as mentors
and role models, teach the students the value of the arts, and help build talent.
The curriculum includes introduction to dance, African dance, vocal music, African
drumming, storytelling, creative drama, cirucs arts, and visual arts.
COCA has served a total of 673 children in afterschool and summer programs
at Jefferson Elementary School. More than 95 percent of the children attended class
regularly. Culminating performances were held to showcase the learned skills. The administration at
believes that COCA's programs are helping to build parent participation, which has
risen to one of the highest percentages in the district (80 percent of the parents
participated in parent conferences last year). During the project period, COCA has
made great strides in communicating with the staff and principal of Jefferson School
to address the problems of at-risk children.
Center of Contemporary Arts (COCA)
Urban Arts Program
524 Trinity Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63130