Artreach, Inc.

because Creativity Heals!

aka The Second Step Players   |   Norwich, CT   |  www.artreachheals.org

Mission

Artreach's mission is to use the creative arts to support sustainable recovery from psychiatric disorders.  We provide theater, music, creative arts, alternative wellness, and recreational opportunities.  These activities enhance the quality of our members' lives and teach skills that help them achieve & sustain recovery after experiencing mental health issues.  Artreach deeply believes that Creativity Heals.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Rebecca Atkins

Main address

401 W Thames St Unit 702

Norwich, CT 06360 USA

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EIN

22-2921497

NTEE code info

Personal Social Services (P50)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Our programs

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The Second Step Players

The Second Step Players are pioneers in the mental health recovery movement. They use original, topical theater about mental health (primarily comedy) to educate, entertain, and create positive social change by dispelling negative myths and stereotypes about people who have experienced mental health issues.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

This stand up comedy troupe consists of adults who have experienced mental health issues. Our comics mine their mental health histories and transmute them into comic gold. The stand up comedy troupe "Comic Alchemy" is available for hire and is suitable for audiences such as allied health programs, graduate programs in psychology and medicine, and the general public.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

Artreach's Music program is led by a professional musician who recruits community musicians to support adults with mental illnesses to sing with Artreach's house bands, Shrink Rapt and Jean Poole and the Chromotones. Guitar and bass lessons are available. There is a weekly intermediate level jazz group that plays from the "Real Books."

Population(s) Served
Adults

Artreach provides classes in poetry, playwriting, acting, visual arts, and more. Local and national artists, writers, and musicians are hired to lead workshops, classes and residencies.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Work Hard/Play Hard recreation and wellness program offers outings and groups to reduce isolation, build social skills in the community, and increase physical wellness.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Launched in 2017, the Because Creativity Heals! Podcast is Artreach's newest program. Early episodes feature activities close to home (Artreach staff and members). Our intention is to feature national guests in the field of Arts and Health.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Community MVP Award 2009

Connecticut Sun

Community Service Award 2018

Norwich Branch NAACP

CT Arts Hero 2019

Connecticut Office of the Arts

Leaders and Legends Award: Katharine Hepburn Award 2019

CT Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities

Mental Health In the Media Award 2019

Keep the Promise Coalition

Financials

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Artreach, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Catherine Steel

Retired

Term: 2019 - 2021

Melanie Nagode

Mitchell College

Jan Hendrickson

United Services

Lara Schmieder

Artreach Member

Kia Baird

UCP

Julie Menders

Otis Library

Debra Lehman

Retired Norwich School System

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Decline to state
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

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