Founded in 1974, Creative Arts Team (CAT) uses theatre and interactive drama as a catalyst to actively address social and academic issues, foster creativity, and critically engage with the world.
CAT’s programs build community and address healthy relationships and violence prevention, life and leadership skills, arts learning, and college/job readiness, while bolstering academic and social literacy. CAT engages students from pre-K through college, parents, educators, and professionals in ways that challenge and empower participants to interrogate barriers built around those marginalized due to race, culture, immigration status, disability, gender, and/or sexual identity. Using improvisation, drama games, scene building, and the facilitation of transparent conversations to engage participants as they recognize their power to problem-solve and try new strategies in single day, weeklong, semester-long, and yearlong residencies, CAT’s programming annually reaches over 10,000 unique participants.
Through interactive drama strategies, CAT captures a panoramic view of our society and zooms in on specific issues and behaviors that create obstacles in our lives. These workshops encourage participants to carefully examine the choices, decisions and consequences of everyday challenges The end goal is to raise awareness and to promote problem solving, decision-making, and self-advocacy skills that help build the confidence of every participant.
CAT is a program at the City University of New York (CUNY) under the office of K-16 Initiatives. Research Foundation (RF) of CUNY functions as our contracts administrator, to whom we pay an administrative and facilities fee. CAT receives no baseline funding from CUNY or RF, and is responsible for raising its own budget each year.
For CAT office ADA information, please contact Director of Administration and Operations, Rachel Castillo, at 212-652-2845 or email@example.com.