Welcome to BSA’s Center for Collaborative Arts & Technology (C-CAT), a new space designed to inspire students to work across disciplines at BSA. Modeled on modern business incubators, the C-CAT features 16 work stations equipped with computers with advanced software from all arts-related fields. Both the technology, and the layout of the space itself, is specifically designed to foster collaborative work and link student experiences with the working world. This unique place to work and study brings the most innovative thinking and resources about creative environments to BSA’s students and faculty. For a list of software available to students and faculty in the center, click here
The Center is housed in the school’s France-Merrick Library and Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds Computer Center, which were renovated and opened to create a colorful, open, state-of-the-art space. Additionally, the school’s primary performance space, the Schaefer Ballroom, has been renovated with upgrades such as new lighting, audio and video equipment, stage communications and significant repairs to the stage dance floor. The ballroom will be the place for students to share their projects with the greater public.
The Center for Collaborative Arts & Technology is the next step in what has been a concerted move towards collaborative projects at BSA. New technology is continually in use in student productions and is also showcased at the school's yearly fundraiser, Expressions. At the 2016 event, we introduced the BSA Mix Lab, a web-based app sponsored by Greenberg Traurig and created by students and faculty in the CCAT. To give it a whirl and try your hand at directing, click here
! In 2015, BSA presented Imagined Worlds
, a world premiere of an original work of music, dance, and lights, created by a team led by BSA alumni Kate Fisher
and Nadia Sirota
and other internationally recognized young artists working on the cutting edge of arts and technology. Imagined Worlds won a 2015 Best of Baltimore
award for Innovation in the Arts.
BSA celebrated the Grand Opening of the C-CAT with the community on September 23, 2014. The new state-of-the-art facility is a collaborative project itself, and the result of many people working together. Particular thanks are due to the JS Plank and Dana DiCarlo Family Foundation, the France-Merrick Foundation, and the Pearlstone Family Fund for supporting these initiatives and for helping to keep BSA at the forefront of arts and technology. Thank you to all who are helping to equip BSA's young artists with the tools and technology to meet the needs of the future workforce! For a time lapse video of the project under construction (the center was completed in just two months!), click here