HEATHER HUTCHINSON of NAPERVILLE | Meet the Artistic Director for Artful Impact In Naperville
As the Mother of a Young Son with Autism, this Local Mom Goes Above & Beyond to Support Special Needs Children through the Performing Arts
NAPERVILLE– As the Artistic Director for Artful Impact in Naperville, Heather dedicates so much to the community through this organization. Artful Impact is the Outreach Organization of The School Of Performing Arts which gives the students resources and artistic connections that help grow their creativity and theatrical opportunities. Heather has mentored participants aiding in increased self-awareness, self-confidence and self-discipline, enhancing their listening and concentration skills along with social skills; therefore promoting a sense of pride and achievement.
Heather has helped Artful Impact grow into a well-rounded Arts Outreach Organization. “We currently have Spectrum Acting, Improv, Dance, Show Choir and Musical Theatre Classes, The Big Ole Piano Party for Senior Citizens as well as partnering with Naperville’s long standing “Singing For Seniors” event,” Heather says. “We work with SamaraCare with our Improv Therapy sessions, create Original Adult Cabarets and created The WORD Project which is designed to feature individuals who have turned to Art to define, heal, and deal with their personal struggles and life’s journeys.” Artful Impact has also partnered with the Naperville /Chicago YMCA to provide Arts experiences in their Safe N Sound program.
With all the growth, the biggest obstacle in in the daily operations is hands-down getting enough volunteers! Outreach Organizations such as Artful Impact rely on Volunteers to provide the best environment for learning and growth. “The more volunteers we have who can be ambassadors for our programming, the more programs we can create to help people and provide experiences that connect worlds within our community,” Heather adds.
She is most proud knowing that she is helping change people’s lives through their programs. Heather knows first-hand that people heal and are made stronger through arts experiences and connections.
IN HEATHER'S OWN WORDS.....
"Artful Impact provides Unique Arts experiences for our community, including Theatre and Performing Arts opportunities for Special Needs individuals, Music programs
for Senior Citizens, Improv Therapy, Adult Cabarets and special events that serve as a platform for people to experience the healing power of the Arts." –Heather Hutchinson
AREAS OF SPECIALTY
MENTORING THE FUTURE
"Stay true to your mission and what you hope to accomplish with your business. Your dreams are possible —people get excited by passion and your infectious energy about what you believe in, will excite others and they will support your pursuits." –Heather Hutchinson
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Once Upon A Time Project- “Kids In Toyland” premiered at Naperville Independent Film Festival 2016
Artistic Director and Co- Founder of Little Mountain Community Theatre
The WORD Project- Artful Impact
True Colors- Show Choir for Special Needs Adults
1112 S. Washington
Naperville, IL 60540
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