Norie Sato, Mary Ann Peters
The Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) was founded in Seattle in the early 1980s and continues to exhibit contemporary art today in 2019. This case study looks at the organization through the lens of ecology and living systems to discover its place within Seattle’s greater arts ecosystem, focusing specifically on how and why CoCA emerged; how the organization evolved during the 1980s; how the environment shaped the organization and how the organization in turn shaped its environment.
Organization or Event
Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)
Form of Entity
Area of Activity
Arts Presenter/Distributor (any artistic discipline), Service(s) for Artists
Visual Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts (multiple disciplines)
Welles, Shannon, "Center on Contemporary Art: Facility or Facilitator?" (2019). Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA). 1.