The Creative Arts Team uses theatre strategies to engage, inspire, and educate.
Creative Arts Team (CAT) uses interactive theatre and drama strategies to inspire creativity and support social, emotional, and academic learning in a variety of settings including schools, after-school programs, college campuses, and community-based organizations. CAT actor-teachers (teaching artists) facilitate interactive workshops with young people, educators, parents, and professionals using a participant-centered approach to process key themes or issues and build skills using drama strategies.
When young people or adults step into the world of a CAT workshop they become active participants, not just observers. They shape and re-shape the lives of characters faced with ordinary – and extraordinary – challenges. Most important, they learn concrete skills they can reapply in their own lives.
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 will build the confidence of every participant.
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Creative Arts Team (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. CAT receives no baseline funding from CUNY or RF, and is responsible for raising its own budget each year.


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