Connecticut
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit
ARTREACH, INCORPORATED

Artreach is a non-profit Arts and Mental Health agency that uses the creative arts as a tool for healing of individuals and community. Artreach's program members are adults with mental illnesses who come together to create theater, music, and visual arts. Our community of practice is rooted in compassionate awareness, and our activities are focused on the personal and artistic growth of each person. Artreach is also committed to social change, and each public performance is another opportunity to educate the public about people who have mental illnesses, and about how and where to get help when one needs it.

Programs at Artreach include:

Theater - Playwriting classes and readings, stand up comedy writing and performance, sketch comedy writing and performance.

Music: Weekly Jazz jam, annual Music Showcase with two house bands and up to 25 singers, guitar and bass lessons available.

Visual arts: Local artists present classes and create work for art shows at local galleries.

Classes: Playwriting, poetry writing, guitar lessons, art classes, knitting groups, etc.

Wellness program: Walking Club

Recreation program: Theater trips, music concerts, dance concerts, bowling, movies, paint-you-own ceramics, etc.

 

Additional Links: 
Annual Music Showcase 2015
Comics in 2015 Norwich CT mental health stand up comedy show
Norwich Thrill the World event 2015
Stigma-busting theater, stand up comedy and songs

I Have Worked With

  • December 2015

    Artreach's "Comic Alchemy" Stand Up For Mental Health comedy team performed an educational comedy and music show for Three Rivers students. The focus was on Nursing students as they begin their Psych rotation. A candid Q & A between audience and the performers, adults who have been diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, helped reduce preconceived notions about people with mental illnesses and dispel their fears as they go into their mental health nursing training.

  • November 2015

    Artreach performs several shows a year at the Norwich Arts Center's Donald Oat Theater, ranging from Artreach produced theater and music shows, to participation in Norwich Arts Center's Open Mic nights

  • September 2015

    Seth Lepore trained Artreach members and community members in a two day Arts and Entrepreneurship class, and performed his show "Kickin' Ass and Takin' Names."

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Rebecca
Job Title/Position: 
Executive Director
Mailing Address: 
401 WEST THAMES STREET
UNIT 702
NORWICH, CT 06360
Physical Address: 
401 WEST THAMES STREET UNIT 702
Norwich, CT 06360
Last Name: 
Atkins
Phone: 
860-887-0014

About

Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Variety / Vaudeville
Additional Disciplines: 
Literary Arts - Poetry
Music - General
Theater - General
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Storytelling
Theater - Variety / Vaudeville
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Photography
Year Founded: 
1985
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
Institution/Business Type: 
Social Service Organizations
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Performance / Concert / Reading
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
20
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
National

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Americans for the Arts
Connecticut Association of Non-Profits
Awards: 
National Council for Behavioral Healthcare (2013)

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities
Accommodations for those with learning disabilities and mental illnesses and for those who are sensitive to smells (we are a smoke-free, low-fragrance community). Will provide scripts for sign language interpreters when asked.