Mission and Strategic Plan

Mission and Strategic Plan

Mission Statement

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

Rehearsing “Out of Monet” with Arlington ITCs. Photo by John Newman.


We believe that when people make their own choices and are engaged, stimulated, challenged and inspired, they surpass both their own and others’ expectations.


To build an inclusive world where everyone can perform their art out.

Strategic Plan

Priority # 1 – Improving and Expanding Programs    

  • Maintain 6 Inclusive Theater Companies (ITCs) in MD and VA
  • Expand classes and workshops throughout the metro region: 21 partner organizations feature classes and workshops from St. Mary’s County, MD to Reston, VA. Summer camp at the Katherine Thomas School 6/18
  • Develop cabaret class and performance opportunity: First performance 2/12/18
  • Maintain and strengthen program quality through training and curriculum development for teaching artists: Trainings held 10/17, 1/18

Priority #2 – Community Building  

  • Develop an outreach strategy to cultivate current and future ArtStream participants
    • Target high school students and adults 18-22
    • Target potential interns and teaching artists: 41% increase in teaching artists from FY16 to FY17
    • Recruit and train program volunteers/intergenerational volunteers Registered with Montgomery County 50+ Volunteer Program
    • Develop program to include qualified people with IDD in volunteer opportunities: Accessible offices allow ArtStreamers to volunteer
  • Develop networking and sharing programs for parents/caregivers, and teaching artists: Teaching artist list serve started 7/17, teaching artist program sharing session 1/18; Parent meet and greet events started 9/17
  • Coordinate website/social media/newsletter strategy: Quarterly newsletters created

Priority #3 – Growth    

  • Strengthen and grow the ArtStream donor base: 24% increase in new donors from FY16 to FY17, average gift from all individual donors increased 93%
  • Develop foundation, government and corporate grant opportunities: Since 9/1/17, 18 grants, $160,495 received
  • Expand merchandise and increase sales (T-shirts, tote bags, notecards, books)
  • Find costume/set storage solution: Completed 8/17

Priority #4 – Strengthen our Organization   

  • Develop Board of Directors and provide pre-Board leadership opportunities: Two new board members elected 7/17
  • Strengthen staff team
  • Move to accessible office space: Completed 8/17
  • Obtain Maryland Nonprofits Standards of Excellence accreditation


Success Stories

Learn about ArtStream’s impact from the people who have experienced it! See all of our Success Stories.

Actor Spotlight: Eli Lewis

Working Woman: Emilia O'Connor and ArtStream teach 'theatre for an inclusive world'

Performers, playwrights with disabilities find a home at ArtStream - The Sentinel Review

Actor Spotlight: Shelley Belgard