Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT)
Welcome to Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT)!
This organization's mission is to help those with autism and other disabilities reach their full potential. Our programs were originally inspired by parents of children with autism and Aspergers, and these parents remain the guiding force behind what we do.
Mastering an art is an enriching experience. It also proves to be a great ally in living a life with the challenges of a disability. Studying and enjoying the performing arts brings those who have been isolated by a disability back into a shared world. Feeling connected, they are empowered to express their thoughts and feelings, and share their gifts. We all benefit.
Parents report seeing their children and young adults doing things in the workshops they did not know they were able to do. Feedback from parents is also that their children and young adults are having more success in other areas of their lives, as they are more able to communicate with confidence - some even taking on leadership roles for the first time. They also have reported seeing greater flexibility in dealing with stress and challenges in their lives, and a new found interest in social interaction.
Volunteers from our community serve as peer mentors at our Inclusive Theatre and Performing Arts Workshops. They help us achieve an inclusive environment where life and social skills are learned through observation and interaction in the creative and upbeat environment of the performing arts.
It's perfect for first time volunteers because all that is asked is for them to be themselves and enjoy the workshops with some great people. We have introduced volunteerism to hundreds of local children, teens, and adults in our community, and we see the promotion of community service as an important aspect of our organization's mission.
Through the dedication and expertise of our incredible workshop directors, through the peer modeling of our volunteers, and through the art itself much is learned and shared. Our workshops encourage equality, respect, and bringing out our best selves, as we all notice that we are much more alike than we are different.
Some members of the PACT community perform at our yearly showcase for residents of a local nursing home in early December, and they experience the well being that comes from bringing joy to the lives of others through the expression of their artistic talents.
Though we welcome everyone, most of those with unique needs that we serve are on the autism spectrum. Many with autism seem to shine in an artistic environment.
PACT programs provide an opportunity for them to study and express theatre, music, and dance in programs designed to improve their self esteem, cooperation, fitness, and creativity. The workshops also provide an opportunity for individuals to come out of isolation and be a part of a community, and develop lasting friendships.
Do you know of a child, teen, or adult who would benefit from our workshops? How about you? We welcome people of all abilities and ages, and we are always looking for good volunteers of all ages to serve as peer mentors at our programs.
PACT is proud to be an alumni affiliate of KIT (Kids Included Together)'s National Training on Inclusion. We have received the benefit of four years of their excellent trainings and conferences on best practices for providing an inclusive program, and for serving those with disabilities.
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See "Theatre/Performing Arts Program Info" page for details about our current and upcoming programs.
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