Happy Holidays
Happy Holidays

2020 will be the first year since our inaugural Holiday Showcase in 2009 that Merrimack Hall has not hosted a single live show in our auditorium.

However, we invite you to share in the Spirit of the Season by taking a trip down memory lane. ​

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are continuing to serve those with special needs in the Huntsville & Madison County area remotely.
We have received great feedback from parents and students who have been participating in our weekly online classes. These classes are open to any individual who would like to participate.

Our online arts education classes are created specifically for your loved one with special needs.

Our activities occur daily from 10 am CST to 6pm CST. Your child or adult with special needs can engage in arts related activities from the safety of your own home, while you “work from home.” Our activities are intended to be self-sustaining – meaning your loved on with intellectual or physical disabilities can independently join our calls!

A description of each class is listed below.

To provide visual and performing arts education and cultural activities, to children and adults with special needs.

Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center offers services to children and adults with special needs that no other organization in the Southeast currently provides. Founded in 2008, Merrimack Hall started as 1 weekly dance class for 10 children with special needs. Over twelve years, our programs have grown to 23 arts related classes that serve hundreds of individuals with special needs from Huntsville, Madison County, and across North Alabama. These extracurricular activities enrich the social and creative needs of all who are involved.

Curriculums, created to meet our participants at their point of need, generate priceless amounts of self-confidence and cultivate independence on the floor of our dance studio, stage, or visual art spaces.  We believe that the more opportunities we can offer for creative expression, the greater the personal benefit for our participants.

We open doors for people with special needs and facilitate their involvement in our community. Please join us in our efforts to make Huntsville & Madison County the gold-standard for diversity and inclusion in the state of Alabama.

Our programs give people with special needs the chance to explore and express their creativity in a non-competitive setting.

Our Programs

Offered on week day afternoons, our visual and performing arts programming for those aged 3 or older enhance the quality of life for our participants who would otherwise not have access to the arts. Curriculums, created to meet our participants at their point of need, generate priceless amounts of self-confidence and cultivate creative independence.
Arts Education
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Offered on weekdays throughout the calendar year, Merrimack Hall's Happy Days program is providing lasting and positive social connections to adults with special needs, aged 18 or older. Our enrolled participants enjoy enriching activities including music therapy, visual and performing arts, and social interactions that foster independence and nurture creative energies.
Adult Day Program
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Join us during the month of June for our half-day performing arts camp for those with special needs, aged 3 or older. Energetic campers will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities including music, theatre, dance, and arts & crafts. Each week of camp has a unique theme, culminating in a performance to showcase the skills learned during camp.
Summer Camp
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Offered on week day afternoons, our visual and performing arts programming for those aged 3 or older enhance the quality of life for our participants who would otherwise not have access to the arts. Curriculums, created to meet our participants at their point of need, generate priceless amounts of self-confidence and cultivate creative independence.
Arts Education
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Offered on weekdays throughout the calendar year, Merrimack Hall's Happy Days program is providing lasting and positive social connections to adults with special needs, aged 18 or older. Our enrolled participants enjoy enriching activities including music therapy, visual and performing arts, and social interactions that foster independence and nurture creative energies.
Adult Day Program
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Join us during the month of June for our half-day performing arts camp for those with special needs, aged 3 or older. Energetic campers will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities including music, theatre, dance, and arts & crafts. Each week of camp has a unique theme, culminating in a performance to showcase the skills learned during camp.
Summer Camp
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Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support The Happy Headquarters at Merrimack Hall!

In the words of co-founder Alan Jenkins,

“Merrimack Hall is not just about bricks and mortar, it’s about the arts revitalizing a neighborhood.”

Merrimack Hall’s renovations have created a positive economic impact on our neighborhood — the historic Merrimack Mill Village — and on the community as a whole in a number of ways.

Music

Music creates a unique and powerful connection between our participants and builds communication, motor and social skills for all of our participants.

Dance

Movement through dance expresses emotions in a remarkable way, while simultaneously improving confidence & self-esteem in a non-judgemental setting.

Theater

Rehearsing lines and acts enhance cognitive and communication skills while allowing individuals the opportunity to shine on stage in front of a live audience!

Art

Art is inspiring and affords a space for independent and creative expression. It brings joy to individuals and has multiple benefits for those with visual impairments.

Watch a TEDx Talk from our co-founder Debra Jenkins on what it truly means to be normal.

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