Few theatres provide challenging arts opportunities for adults with disabilities and fewer still encourage them to be artists as well as audience members. ArtStream's six Inclusive Theatre Companies invite actors with intellectual and developmental disabilities to collaborate with theater professionals and trained volunteer mentors to develop and present original musical theatre productions. Participants can also take theatre-based classes to boost self-confidence and strengthen communications and social skills. And the arts can heal, just as they can educate and entertain. Partnerships with schools, community organizations, and others ensure that adults and children can access the arts in a way that is meaningful, powerful, and healing. Your contribution makes it happen.
Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County
Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; Internationally; Operating out of Chevy Chase, MD, ArtStream provides programming for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) -including autism - throughout the Greater Washington DC metropolitan region. ; Indonesia
Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities
Schools They Work In: The Forbush School at Oakmont Upper School; The Frost School; The Katherine Thomas School at TLC; The Mason LIFE Program at George Mason University; St. Mary's County Public Schools; The Learning Community International (TLCI) School
- Number of hours of volunteer work we record annually:
Awards & Recognition
Down Syndrom Affiliates in Action - Best Teen/Adult Program (received in partnership with Down Syndrome Network Montgomery County)
The Ethan Saylor Memorial Film Festival - Outstanding Technical Support
The Arc Montgomery County - Community Inclusion Award
Montgomery County Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts & Humanities - Community Leader Award, Executive Director Patricia Woolsey
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- The current budget for ArtStream is: $500k to $1 million
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