Our fiscally sponsored projects further our mission of making music and recreation accessible to ALL
Donnie Welch (he/him/his) is a poet and educator who has worked with students with intellectual, developmental, and multiple disabilities since 2014. His web series Let’s Write About… provides a free, accessible show for children ages two to ten of all abilities and their families. Inspired by the shows Donnie grew up on like Bill Nye the Science Guy, Gullah Gullah Island, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, and Pappyland, Let’s Write About… teaches poetry through fun, craft-based activities. The show explores complex, social-emotional topics and inspires inquiry-based learning through song, simple set design, and activities that are readily adaptable for kids of all abilities to be successful as independent learners.
Especially Everyone offers inclusive concert experiences designed to make live music more accessible to people that may find some elements of a traditional concert challenging, including people with disabilities. Show features and amenities include multiple genres, music played at a lower volume, relaxing spaces to take breaks, friendly staff, and opportunities to be a part of the show. Members of Especially Everyone believe that music is among the most powerful forms of human connection, and that we are all better off when we come together to listen, to dance, and to celebrate life.
Art can be a joyful and effective way to communicate, to better understand oneself, and to connect with others. Art can also fulfill the sensory needs of individuals on the autism spectrum. On the Spectrum Art uses art and creativity to engage and encourage Autistic children, helping them develop a skill that in turn will help them build social, motor and life skills. Free virtual classes are currently available.