COCA Summer Arts Camp participants in the renovated Gold Art & Design Studio, a flexible space with digital capabilities to accommodate artists, makers and creators of all kinds. Photo courtesy of COCA.
The Center of Creative Arts (COCA) revealed the first phase of its renovations during a community open house June 9. Improvements include the new Staenberg Performance Lab; two new dance studios; a flexible space for artists, makers and creators; and the Dierbergs Kitchen at COCA, a space for culinary programs and events.
The improvements were made possible by COCA’s Create Our Future Campaign, a $45 million, multi-year initiative that will fund the capital renovation and expansion of COCA’s University City campus, while also building its endowment and reserves. The first phase of renovations was complete in time to be enjoyed by more than 3,000 incoming summer campers. Phase two, which will begin this summer, includes construction of a new east wing that will feature a 450-seat theater, new studios, a community commons area and a drop-off/pick-up area for students. Phase two is expected to be complete in 2020.
COCA is the fourth largest multidisciplinary community arts center in the nation. The center serves more than 50,000 students annually through camps, classes and other programs. COCA is located at 542 Trinity Ave., University City, MO.