Artful IMPACT!, NFP is an Illinois 501c3 Not for Profit Corporation founded in 2013 and dedicated to making people stronger through the arts. Artful IMPACT! leverages creativity, talent and funding to empower Young People and Young Adults with Special Needs, developmental or mental health challenges and Seniors, through performing arts experiences. We work with abilities not disabilities, and build self confidence, self esteem, interpersonal skills, self discipline, communication skills, and critical social connections in our participants.
The program also offers able young people with a passion for volunteerism the opportunity to act as aids working alongside participants in classes and performances.
Artful IMPACT! has been recipient of grants from Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream Foundation, the Special Events and Cultural Amenities Commission of the City of Naperville and the Naperville Women’s Club.
SPECIAL NEEDS IMPACT!
Through creative arts, children and young people with disabilities are encouraged to maximize their potential in a supportive setting that celebrates music, movement, theatre and fine arts. The use of music, dance and imagery through art allows the participant an alternative path for self-exploration and communication. Participants will experience increased ability to move with more ease and freedom; development of a deeper trust and respect for their body; increased self-awareness, self-confidence and self-discipline, as well as team building; development of listening and concentration skills along with social skills; and promotion of a sense of pride and achievement.
Special Needs IMPACT! programs are open to any individual ages 9-99 with a developmental disability, including cognitive, learning, motor, hearing, and visual impairments, genetic and/or neurological conditions. Based on the level of cognitive, mobility and communication abilities, we modify our learning environment as needed to suit each individual. In order to provide a safe and collaborative experience, we may be unable to accommodate individuals whose behavioral needs might endanger themselves or others.
Artful IMPACT! is reaching out into our community by partnering and creating arts programming and experiences for the Naperville YMCA, Little Friends, Samaracare Counseling Services, and KidsMatter.
SUMMER SESSION 2019
THEATRE IMPROV WORKSHOPS
FRIDAY, JUNE 21 & FRIDAY, JULY 26
The basis of all theatre starts with the ability to think on your feet and work as a team. Improvisational Games and Exercises stretch your imagination and allows ANYTHING to happen as long as you say “YES”! Great fun with no lines to learn!
Sign up for one or both!!
EMPOWER SUMMER DANCE CLASS
See dates below
Participants will be energized and inspired while learning basic skills for jazz, and modern dance in a modified setting. Dance training gives participants tools to help with balance, coordination, self-expression, communication as well as team and cooperation skills.
JAZZ/ HIP HOP: Tuesday, June 11, 10:00-12:00pm
MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE: Thursday, June 13 OR July 11 10:00-12:00pm
JAZZ/ HIP HOP: Tuesday, July 9 10:00-12:00pm
Tuition: $30 per class
TRUE COLORS SHOW CHOIR
Fall 2019-2020 information will be available July 2019
TRUE COLORS SHOW CHOIR
Get ready to shine onstage in this show choir for special needs and differently abled adults ages 18 and up. Show Choir members will learn music and choreography, build confidence and stage presence, and learn how to work as a cohesive ensemble. Show Choir students will have the opportunity to perform around the community at various venues and events.