Meet Our Members: Artreach

Connecticut Arts Alliance has begun a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun earlier this year, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut in building a strong arts and culture sector that benefits the arts and all Connecticut residents.

Artreach, an Arts & Health Agency based in Norwich, has been supporting mental health and wellness through the creative and performing arts since 1985. Second Step Players comedy troupe has been a mainstay since the company’s inception, and the group performs original sketch comedy about mental health issues throughout Connecticut and in tours around the country.

The Players touring performances reach audiences from all walks of life: providers of mental health services, students in nursing and psychology programs, family members, and other people who have experienced psychiatric issues. Other programs include Artreach Heals Coffeehouse, Comedy Alchemy stand-up comedy troupe, artistic development programs, and wellness programs.

The Artreach community is supportive and fun. Artreach’s innovative approaches to wellness use the creative arts to help adults who have experienced psychiatric disorders achieve sustainable recovery. Performing educational theater and stand-up comedy locally and nationally enables Artreach to touch the hearts of audience members.

CAA is Connecticut’s ONLY statewide arts advocacy organization. If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Charter Member today!

Connecticut Arts Alliance

The Connecticut Arts Alliance (CAA) was founded in 2005 as an advocacy organization to ensure that the arts remain central to life in Connecticut. The organization strives to promote and underscore the value of all achievements of the arts industry and all of the ways in which the arts improve daily life for residents of the State. Among its most visible programs are assisting with workshops for the annual Connecticut Arts Day at the Capitol organized by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, and providing advocacy guidance and resources in concert with the Office of the Arts and regional arts service organizations. The organization works to foster public education and awareness of the arts, to increase funding for the arts, and to influence public funding decisions and actions that affect the arts.