Our Impact

Since 2003, Cincinnati Arts and Technology Studios has made a difference in the lives of more than 5,200 students through the transformative power of art.
Avg. 93% of CATS students

graduate high school

$550 Million saved

by enabling students to graduate

120 Jobs

120 students placed in jobs since Bridging the Gap program started in 2006

1,195 hours of instruction each year

1,195 hours of instruction each year


Our professional team of nine artists teach in one of our five state-of-the-art studios: Stained Glass, Digital Multi-Media, 2D, 3D and Ceramics. Since 2003 more than 3,000 CATS students have earned fine arts credits through our programs that boast an average student to instructor ratio of 12:1. We’re proud of the level of instruction we are able to provide and the more than 10,000 pieces of art our students have created since our inaugural class.

More than $500 million tax dollars saved

More than $500 million tax dollars saved


89 percent of our Bridging the Gap students retain the same job for at least one year following graduation. Each year our list of partner companies continues to grow and we are proud to include more than 50 local companies in our Bridging the Gap program. These partnerships allow our students the opportunity to experience career and development across a variety of industries, including the arts, healthcare and business.

Student Success Stories

Student Story

Diarra, Class of 2011

A vibrant, ambitious, and well-rounded individual, Diarra discovered CATS because her best friend’s older sister raved about how much she enjoyed her studio time there. Diarra thought that having a little more fun would be a great antidote to working so hard in school and in sports. Little did she know how much things would change based on her experience with CATS.

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Student Story

Ellen, Class of 2012

Ellen came to CATS in 2012 for an opportunity to earn school credits. She figured the program would be “super lame” but quickly realized it was more than she imagined.

Ellen likes to say that she “came for a quarter and stayed a year” and, under Ms. Jamie’s mentorship, discovered she had a passion for ceramics, learned how to “think out loud” thanks to Ms. Laura and Ms. Deb helped her cope with issues at school.

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Student Story

Sunshine H., Class of 2020

“CATS has helped me get up in my credits and get back to where I’m supposed to be. I’ve also met the best people. They have helped me get through everything that has happened the past few years and I know they will definitely be in my future.”

According to the Webster dictionary, when describing a person, sunshine means someone who radiates warmth, cheer, or happiness. Sunshine H. puts her name to the test. As she walks through the doors of CATS, she greets everyone with a smile and a wave that could brighten up anyone’s day.

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