2011 COSIA Charity Beneficiary: Lola Louis' Creative and Performing Arts, Inc. (CAPAS)

Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) women’s nonprofit organization committed to expanding women’s social support networks, providing personal and professional development opportunities, and coordinating volunteer and fundraising activities that benefit women and youth from underserved communities. Each year, COSIA identifies another 501(c)(3) organization whose mission and goals align with ours and would benefit from access to financial and volunteer service support.

Our 2011 charity beneficiary was Lola Louis' Creative and Performing Arts, Inc. The Creative and Performing Arts Studio (CAPAS) is a community outreach program serving the Wakefield section of the Bronx, New York. The program was launched by artistic director, Lola Louis, in 1977. Its goal was to expand the horizons of experience and opportunity for children and adults in the community through the arts.

CAPAS offers classes in music, voice, drama, and dance to neighborhood children, ages 2-18 years and seeks to have an impact on the community of the Bronx and beyond through its students. These students are drawn from the surrounding neighborhoods. CAPAS fosters in them a positive self image, a sense of accomplishment and commitment to excellence in their endeavors. The CAPAS students then return to their neighborhoods as ambassadors who can influence their peers by their example in demeanor, speech, knowledge and accomplishment. The CAPAS motto is, “Paving the way to excellence in an atmosphere of Love, Respect and Discipline.”

All donations to Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association, Inc. (COSIA) are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by the law. Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association, Inc. (COSIA) is compliant with the IRS and is registered with the New York State Attorney General. A copy of our financial statement may be obtained by writing to the NYS Department of Law, Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, NY, NY 10271. To contact us directly, write to COSIA, PO Box 81, WEST HEMPSTEAD, NY 11552, e-mail info (at) cosia (dot) net, or call 1.877.947.3007.