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Arts4All! Collaborative

Through the Arts4All! Collaborative, SMCR provides opportunities to its participants for inclusion and active engagement in the visual, literary, and performing arts in collaboration with schools, agencies, and organizations serving this population.

The arts help us to dispel myths about ability and disability.

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Specific efforts focus on art, music, theater, dance and writing. It has been proven that such an approach has tremendous benefits to the participants as well as the community as a whole.

Shared art experiences can build our communities in a way that nothing else can. It’s amazing the potential uncovered when more people are included and the shifts it can precipitate in a community.

Arts4All Collaboratve Programs

SMCR is working with local arts communities, schools, individuals, and agencies providing services to people living with disabilities in Southern Maryland to guide our projects. Planned activities include:

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A Night With Newtowne

See a show performed by the Newtowne Players. No need to get up on stage for this one. Free to SMCR members, but remember to RSVP (link here)!

Next performance: Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 p.m.

Dancing at the Winter Gathering

Flashmob

To celebrate the Solomons Dragon Boat Festival, choreographer Kristin Kauffman will lead participants with developmental differences and those without through a fun, easy and energetic dance to the tune of "Fireball".

Performance: Friday, August 16

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night

Come out and share your talents on the 4th Friday of every month. The mic will be available during Game Night in St. Mary's County. Do you sing, dance or tell a great joke? We'd love to hear it in front of a crowd!

More information coming soon.

Engaged in Learning

An Inclusive High School Visual and Performing Arts Project

Celebrating the unique and individualized abilities and talents of high school students with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities in a familiar, supportive, artistic environment.

An Innovative Approach

Engaged in Learning is an innovative approach to addressing a longtime challenge - the lack of quality inclusive after school or activity period programs that foster a sense of belonging and equality with peers.

A study by Americans for Arts found that young people who participate in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and three times more likely to be awarded for school attendance, among other benefits.

Student Engagement

The Engaged in Learning program is an integrated after school or activity period program. It aims to enhance the educational social experiences of teens from Special Education classrooms and peers from the school’s Best Buddies, art and theater clubs. It provides structured and appropriate visual art and performance projects in a supportive reverse inclusion environment, facilitated jointly by the Special Education teachers and Arts4All artists.

Recognizing a Need

Most major urban areas have focused on school art education programs supported by public-private funds, including inclusive art programs designed for special needs students. There are no such funded programs in rural areas like Southern Maryland. Our Engaged in Learning program aims to fill this void and provide a nurturing atmosphere of development in the arts, specifically structured for students with intellectual disabilities and supported by the larger student population, to guarantee a rewarding and beneficial experience.