Few theatres in our region provide challenging arts opportunities for adults with disabilities and fewer still encourage those adults to be artists as well as audience members. Inspiring confidence in, and understanding of, those who truly deserve it, ArtStream is one-of-a-kind. In seven "inclusive theatre companies," actors with disabilities (intellectual, developmental, physical) collaborate with theater professionals and trained volunteer mentors to develop and present original musical theatre productions. They can also refine their skills between shows thanks to classes in acting, theater games, and artistic process. Private lessons in drama and social skills are also open to all. And the arts can heal, just as they can educate and entertain, so ArtStream's Allies in the Arts brings highly-trained artists into Walter Reed Medical Center, enabling wounded veterans to channel pain and trauma into creative work. Partnerships with schools, community organizations, and learning centers ensure that adults and children can access 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; Operating out of Silver Spring, MD, ArtStream provides programming for communities traditionally underserved by the arts throughout Montgomery County and the wider Washington, DC metropolitan region, as well as the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.

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 Prince George's County; The Forbush School at Oakmont Upper; The Frost School; Ivymount School; The Katherine Thomas School; George Mason University - Mason LIFE Program; ArtStream currently works with 17 community partners, including hospitals, schools, provider agencies for persons with disabilities, and after-school care programs.

  • Number of individuals with disabilities served annually:   750
  • Number of wounded military personnel and their families served annually:   850
  • Number of audience members reached annually:   2,200

Awards & Recognition

Montgomery County Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts & Humanities - Community Leader Award, Executive Director Patricia Woolsey


Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for ArtStream is: Less than $500k

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