I remember so clearly how upset I was with my mother for forcing me to go to this place when I was in tenth grade. I didn’t have enough Student Service hours, and was fully intent on finding a place, however, being a typical 16-year-old, the fact that my mother picked out a volunteer place for me made it severely “uncool”.
But I went anyway, and ended up joining this organization called Artstream as a volunteer mentor in one of their inclusive theater companies, which caters to adults with intellectual disabilities. I thought I would get my hours, then leave as soon as I could, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The first time I walked into an Artstream rehearsal, I was greeted very warmly by a number of actors and mentors who all seemed to be very close with one another. I was “in” right away, and was soon learning that Artstream was something that I was extremely passionate about.
I loved it, and I still do (I’m the blonde girl in the cat costume above!). Artstream has given me a window into the lives of people who are generally perceived as ‘different’ or ‘weird’ in every day society and shown me how every single person in this world is amazing and creative in his or her own special way.
Not only that, but it has given me a look first hand at how important the arts are in everyone’s lives. For example, some of these actors have no other way to express themselves other than through performance art, so the programs Artstream has to offer them are EXTREMELY important!
Anyway, I wanted to let everyone know what an amazing company this is, and to inform you of our fundraising campaign this year: Nine Reasons to Give Nine Dollars to Artstream, in honor of our ninth year running!
All donations go towards expanding our programs to meet the growing needs of our participants as well as serving more areas than we ever have before.
To learn more about our exciting programs, visit our website.
To donate or to read my own “Nine Reasons” go to my fundraising page.
Thank you so much to anyone who has even so much as read this post. Even if you cannot give anything at the moment, remember that we are only asking for each person to donate $9, and that reblogging and spreading the word will help tremendously as well.