Monday May 6, 2013

Community Access to the Arts will present its annual performance and gala at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at The Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company.

A matinee performance is scheduled at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 12.

Based in Great Barrington, the award-winning non-profit was founded in 1993 by Sandra Newman to nurture and celebrate the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts.

In addition to the gala performance, CATA’s 20th anniversary events include a photo retrospective by Christina Lane, CATA’s event photographer; an advance screening of the documentary "CinemAbility" at The Berkshire International Film Festival, and an art show and poetry reading at The Berkshire Museum in July.

Other special projects include the publication of "going for a flower," a 116-page poetry anthology, a performance for 300 students, and "Shake Your Art Out," a traveling box that houses an inventive way to make collaborative art.

Also unique to the 20th anniversary year -- a stipend for each performing artist with a disability in the May performance as a gesture toward cultural equality, courtesy of Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation, and the filming of the annual performance by CTSB-TV public access television station.

Information: www.communityaccesstothearts.org.