About COA

Mission: The Cultural Organization of the Arts (COA), is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality cultural arts programming to all students in East Greenwich public schools, helping to make the arts an integral part of every child’s balanced education. 

 

Vision: COA’s goal is to reach every student from grades K-12 each school year with age-appropriate, engaging live performances, residencies, and master classes in the areas of drama, dance, and music. In addition, COA aims to provide support for teachers in all subject areas allowing them to bring more arts-related projects to their students. By maintaining relationships and ongoing communication with principals and teachers, COA seeks to gain the feedback and insight needed to help guide the selection of programs that not only meet the highest standards of artistic quality available with our given resources but also support each school’s learning objectives and curricula. 

The Cultural Organization of the Arts was conceived in 1978 when a group of volunteers met with the Fine Arts Chair and Superintendent of the East Greenwich School Department to explore ways to provide all school children with quality cultural arts programs. In January 1980, COA was founded and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in the State of Rhode Island and established a Board of Directors & Representatives from each school in East Greenwich.

COA’s goal is to reach every student from grades K-12 each school year with age-appropriate, engaging live performances, residencies, and master classes in the areas of drama, dance, and music. In addition, COA aims to provide support for teachers in all subject areas allowing them to bring more arts-related projects to their students. By maintaining relationships and ongoing communication with principals and teachers, COA seeks to gain the feedback and insight needed to help guide the selection of programs that not only meet the highest standards of artistic quality available with our given resources but also support each school’s learning objectives and curricula.

Supported by a volunteer board, the COA Director will annually research and plan a carefully curated, diverse and age-appropriate selection of artistic programming for each school within the district. The Director will negotiate with the teaching artists for the best possible block-booking rates, secure contracts, and payment, and coordinate the artists’ scheduling and performance/presentation needs at each school.

 

Questions about COA? Email us at culturalorganizationarts@gmail.com

COA's Board Members

Sue Guerzon

Kristin Lehoullier

Claudia Prior

Jen Suellentrop

Danielle Salisbury

Jennifer Armstrong

Suzanne Tuchin

Ingrid Ahlgren

Elisabeth Schenenga

Kasha Hanflik

Rachel Moffett

Matt Daniels

Sanaa Nelson

Co-President

Co-President

Treasurer

Secretary

Executive Director

Teacher Liaison

Contact COA

P.O. Box 258

East Greenwich, RI 02818​

culturalorganizationarts@gmail.com

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