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5th of April 2013

‘Theatre Initiative Puts Focus on Abilities, Not Disabilities’

ArtStream’s 2013 Arlington Inclusive Theatre Production was featured in the Arlington Sun-Gazette. The actors “light up and take ownership of the show,” said Aisha Salem. “It’s really exciting.” Read the Article at

7th of March 2013

‘Modern Families’ with Katie Couric

ArtStreamers Bill Ott and Shelley Belgard join Katie Couric on The Katie Show to talk about their life as a married couple with disabilities. Best of luck to these wonderful people as they share their love. This interview was recorded in February 2013. Bill and Shelley had previously been featured in a Washington Post Magazine…

8th of February 2013

ArtStreamers Love Story in the Washington Post

Check out this wonderful love story about ArtStreamers Shelley Belgard and Bill Ott from The Washington Post. You know that scene in ‘Dirty Dancing’ where Baby meets Johnny for the first time? It was kind of like that.” – Shelly Belgard Image courtesy The Washington Post.

10th of December 2012

JP Illaramendi on Down Syndrome Daily

JP Illaramendi, an ArtStream Actor and a Member of the Board of Directors, was recently profiled by Down Syndrome Daily. “J.P. takes improvisation to new levels,” [ArtStream Artist and JP’s Director, Natalie] Zanin says. “He’s creative on his feet and has the ability to fix a scene when it goes wrong. He has precise timing.…

20th of November 2012

Nicolette Stearns talks Public Speaking on Comcast Newsmakers

ArtStream Co-Founder Nicolette Stearns joins Kelly Lynn with Comcast Newsmakers to talk Inclusive Theatre, Public Speaking and Self-Advocacy for adults with disabilities! She also talks about ArtStream’s meeting with Representative Chris Van Hollen. Thanks to host Kelly Lynne and the whole Comcast team for putting together this segment. Comcast has been an In-Kind Media Sponsor…

24th of October 2012

Frank Stephens – An Open Letter to Ann Coulter

Read this blogpost by Frank Stephens, ArtStream Actor and Global Messenger for Special Olympics at the Special Olympics Blog.   “After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me.  You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like…

2nd of October 2012

Washington Post Sunday – ArtStream Gala

ArtStream’s 3rd Annual Gala was covered by the Washington Post’s Sunday Style section. Check out our full-page spread that ran on page 2 of the September 30th edition! Pictured: Emilia O’Connor, Co-Founder of ArtStream Sally Kinka, Co-Founder of ArtStream and NC Regional Director Patricia Woolsey, Co-Founder of ArtStream and Executive Director Luke Warren, ArtStream Volunteer…

8th of August 2012

Non-Profit of the Month with Leadership Montgomery

ArtStream has been chosen as Non-Profit of the Month with Leadership Montgomery!   Leadership Montgomery is a fantastic education and networking resource for community leaders in Montgomery County. ArtStreamers who have completed the LM course include Co-Founder Nicolette Stearns (Class of ’10) and Keith Levchenko (Class of ’08). We are proud to have LM getting…

30th of July 2012

Aisha Salem on Comcast Newsmakers

Aisha Salem, ArtStream’s Chair of the Board of Directors and a volunteer with Arlington Inclusive Company B, will be on Comcast Newsmakers throughout August! Aisha discusses Inclusive Theatre Companies, Allies in the Arts, and our upcoming 3rd Annual Gala! You can also view this interview at Thanks to Aisha for promoting ArtStream! This segment…

25th of July 2012

NDSC Conference – Congrats Brendan, Casey and Nicolette

ArtStream Inclusive Actors and Self-Advocates Brendan and Casey Hammeke led a presentation at the 40th Annual National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) Convention in Washington, DC.  ArtStream Co-Founder Nicolette Stearns acted as support for the presentation. The presentation, “Life Imitating Theatre or Theatre Imitating Life? Which is Which?” included creative performance opportunities, plans for going through life with…