Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT)
- serving those with unique needs through the performing arts -
Welcome to Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT). Our mission is to empower individuals and create community through the performing arts. We currently work towards this goal by providing inclusive theatre, dance, and music programs to children, teens, and adults with unique needs that encourage self esteem, cooperation, fitness and creativity.
PACT believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to study and express art, and that discovering and developing one's creative nature contributes greatly to a happy and fulfilled life. Having the ability to express art is also a great ally in living with the challenges of a disability.
Studying and enjoying the performing arts brings those who have been isolated by a disability back into a shared world. Feeling connected, they are empowered to share their gifts. We all benefit.
Feedback from parents is that their children and young adults are more able to communicate with others and express their thoughts and feelings with confidence as a result of participation in our programs - some even taking on leadership roles for the first time. They also report greater flexibility in dealing with stress and changes in their lives, and a new found interest in social interaction.
Volunteers from our community serve as peer mentors at Goldmine Workshops, and help us achieve an approximately 50/50 mix of peers with and without disabilities. It's perfect for first time volunteers, because all that is asked of them is to be themselves and enjoy learning and expressing the performing arts with some great people. The rest is done through the art itself, and through the dedication and expertise of our incredible workshop directors. We encourage an environment of equality, respect, and bringing out our best selves, as we notice that we are all much more alike than we are different.
Some of the PACT community performs for residents of local nursing homes periodically throughout the year, where they experience the boost in self esteem that comes from bringing joy to the lives of others through the expression of their artistic talents.
Though we welcome everyone, most of those with unique needs that we serve are on the autism spectrum. We have found theatre to be especially effective in teaching them life and social skills. Many with autism seem to thrive in an artistic environment.
Our programs provide an opportunity for them to study and express theatre. music, and dance, and learn skills from the modeling of their typical peers that help them succeed in all areas of their lives.
Our goal is to encourage self esteem, cooperation, fitness, and creativity in individuals with disabilities.
Our goal is also to foster understanding and appreciation for diversity in our community, which is perhaps the best gift we can give to those with unique needs.
PACT programs create a safe space to develop artistic talents, learn vital life skills, make new friends, and have fun.
Do you know of a child, teen, or adult who would benefit from inclusive performing arts workshops? How about you? People of all abilities and ages enjoy our programs, and we are always looking for good volunteers.
PACT is proud to be an affiliate of KIT (Kids Included Together) and has received the benefit of four years of their excellent training on best practices for providing a truly inclusive program, and for serving those with disabilities.