Two young men sitting in a bank of red chairs. Left a young man dressed as a police officer. Right a young man smiling in an orange shirt, wearing angel wings.

A Letter from Board Chairman Franklin Myers

Dear Friends,

Are you ready to try something completely new? Something that’s never been done before? Step out of your routine? Perform solo? This year, seven ArtStreamers took a giant step into the unknown and auditioned for the very first ArtStream Cabaret.  With courage, confidence and joy, each person shared a skill they are proud of: performing a comedy monologue, dancing solo, singing A Capella, telling jokes, and more. Now they are hard at work preparing for their first Cabaret performance, February 12, 2018, at AMP by Strathmore. Join us for this all new performance.

Thanks to your generosity, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) – including Autism – can confidently Dream Big.

ArtStream has helped boost my self-confidence in ways I never thought possible. It has helped me make wonderful friends, a task I’ve never been very good at. I love the music we write, and the dance steps we learn.  It has allowed me to sing and dance and speak in front of an audience, knowing I won’t embarrass myself.

ArtStream actor since 2014

Support from altruistic donors like you contributes to programs like Cabaret, our six Inclusive Theatre Companies, and more than 750 confidence-building communication and social skills classes each year. Your donations also provide bedside and group art sessions to improve healing and resiliency for 650 wounded servicemembers and 1,700 nurses and medics at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Ninety-two cents of every dollar you donate is used to support these programs.

You can give over 1,200 ArtStreamers the opportunity to Dream Big with your generous year-end gift during this season of giving. Your gift will ensure that every ArtStreamer can get connected, feel empowered and respected, and actively engage in our communities.

“I found another friend because of my first ArtStream class… I welcomed new people to the class and I told them, “Good job” after an activity. If I support my classmates, they can go from doing a good job to doing a great job… ArtStream has given me more confidence and made me more positive at work. My coworkers give me a lot of positive feedback.

ArtStream actor since 2016

The ArtStream Board of Directors join me in thanking our donors, inspiring and dedicated teaching artists, and remarkable volunteers who contributed 4,494 hours of incredible service. Thank you to each and every one of you for making a difference every day!

As we plan for a new year filled with classes, rehearsals, performances and community building, including a new Cabaret opening in Virginia, your donation will ensure that people with IDD can Dream Big!

With heartfelt thanks,


Franklin Myers

Chairman, ArtStream Board of Directors


ArtStream is the place where you see your friends and meet new friends. ArtStream is where your ideas are valued and your voice gets heard. It’s where you are treated like an equal.

Please include ArtStream in your year-end and holiday giving. You make it possible for ArtStreamers to dream big.


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