CAT's work engages students and adults of all ages 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. The diversity of our participants reflects the diversity of NYC.

We are grateful for our current and former partners, some of which are listed below.

  • New York City Department of Education: As a certified NYC DOE vendor, CAT is able to collaborate with schools across NYC to provide programming for students, educators, and parents.

  • New York State Education Department: CAT is certified by the NY State Education Department to provide Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credits, and provides professional development workshops to share our approach to interactive strategies and student-centered pedagogy with teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators across NYC’s public school system.

  • New York State Council on the Arts: NYSCA is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York's citizens. CAT is grateful for NYSCA's support for NYC Student Shakespeare Festival and CAT Youth Theatre

  • New York City Department of Cultural Affairs: DCLA supports and strengthens NYC vibrant cultural life. CAT is grateful to receive support through their Cultural Development Fund.

  • New York City Department of Youth & Community Development: DYCD has funded several of CAT's academic and social literacy programs, including Literacy Through Drama.

  • Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment: MOME's support enabled us to launch Sound Thinking NYC, a program for high school students focused on addressing gender equity in the music industry.

  • Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice: CAT has been a Cure Violence/Crisis Management Systems provider since 2014, and has been able to expand the program through School Conflict Mediation into additional high schools.

  • Homes for the Homeless: CAT has enjoyed a multi-faceted partnership with Homes for the Homeless over the years by facilitating professional development and programming with residents.

  • City University of New York (CUNY) and Research Foundation of CUNY: CAT is a part of CUNY's K-16 Initiatives and has facilitated multi-year programming for projects including Black Male Initiative, Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, and Foster Care Initiative. Research Foundation (RF) is a not-for-profit educational entity that manages private and government sponsored programs at CUNY. CAT receives no baseline funding from CUNY or RF, and pays RF an administrative fee for a range of contract management, administrative, facilities, and support services.

  • New York City Department of Corrections: CAT previously provided life skills, violence prevention, and health and wellness programming at Rikers Island education facilities with incarcerated youth.

  • New York State Department of Health: DOH partnered with CAT for two decades to provide programming related to HIV/AIDS education. DOH also provided lead funding for Project CHANGE, CAT's leadership development program focused on adolescent health.



CAT is a proud Affiliate of the Arts Education Partnershipa national network of more than 100 organizations dedicated to advancing arts education.


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