Mentors Needed: Theatrical Arts Program for Individuals with Disabilities

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ORGANIZATION: ARTSTREAM

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Are you looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities?

At ArtStream, we’re searching for dedicated, positive role models who are interested in supporting individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. No prior experience is required, we only ask that you are interested in working with individuals with disabilities or the arts. Theater experience is a plus!

Mentors help provide support and encouragement to our actors during rehearsals and on-stage in our theatre companies and cabarets. We have locations in both Virginia and Maryland.

Mentors May Find Themselves:

  • Doing improv scenes with actors
  • Leading actors through a song, dance, or activity
  • Learning lines with multiple actors
  • Learning choreography with actors
  • Role Modeling
  • Talking to an actor who may be upset at the beginning of class
  • Buddying up with someone who needs extra support
  • Letting a teaching artist know about any concerning behavior

Why?

We believe that through collaborative performance and lifelong learning opportunities, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain the skills and confidence to engage with the world.

Get involved and make a difference! Check out our website to learn more: www.art-stream.org

What is the Time Commitment?

Orientation (2 hours total)

  • Training videos & worksheets - 30 minutes
  • Zoom training - 1.5 hours

Weekly rehearsals (2 hours each)

  • 12 sessions - 2 hours per week - Cabarets
  • 26 sessions - 2 hours per week - Theatre Companies

Tech week

  • 4 hours each - 1 day for Cabarets
  • 4 hours each - 5 days total for Theatre Companies

Performances

  • ~1.5 hours - 1 performance for Cabaret
  • ~3 hours each - 3 performances for theatre companies

How Do I Get Involved?

To apply to be a volunteer sign up here or on our website: art-stream.org/who-we-serve/volunteer

After applying we’ll schedule a time to chat with you to see what opportunity works best for your schedule. We do require volunteers to participate in a virtual training, submit a background check and review training materials.

"ArtStream gives people a sense of belonging in a beautiful way. There’s no way to overstate ArtStream’s impact. It’s a program of inclusion, of involvement in the community, and most importantly, of excitement and enthusiasm!" - ArtStream volunteer since 2018

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About ARTSTREAM

Location:

402 King Farm Boulevard Suite 125-101, Suite 125-101, Rockville, MD 20850, US

Mission Statement

Through collaborative performance and lifelong learning opportunities, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, gain the skills and confidence to engage with the world. We believe that when people make their own choices and are engaged, stimulated, challenged, and inspired they surpass both their own and others' expectations. Our vision is the build an inclusive world where everyone has a role to play!

Description

ArtStream teaches art and social skills through participation in the performing arts. With over a decade of experience in the community, ArtStream builds confidence in participants by allowing them to make their own choices. ArtStream’s signature programs teach communication and pre-employment skills to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through Theatre Companies, Cabarets, classes, and workshops.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Arts & Culture
People with Disabilities
Advocacy & Human Rights, Arts & Culture, People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Silver Spring, MD 20910

(39.00415,-77.03918)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Music Arts
  • Theater Arts
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 13
  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies from one time class on a saturday (two hours) or a weekly two hour commitment for performing in a show with our actors to a two hour class on a weekday evening

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