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.
Various TimesLocal and professionally trained dancers instruct your loved one with special needs through simple dance routines!
Daily @ 1-2pm CSTOur social zoom call - think "Happy Hour". Every day our students gather to share in music therapy, at-home art projects and other activities.
Mon/Wed @ 2-4pm CSTCreate beautiful works of arts in a variety of media. No special art supplies needed - just a desire to create!
Daily @ 11-12pm CSTAdapted flows to engage the body, mind and spirit. The connection of breath with movement provides a multitude of health benefits.
Mon/Wed @ 4-5pm CSTSing your lungs out! We teach basic vocal techniques to improve speech and communication with the assistance of our favorite songs!
Mon/Wed 10-11am CSTAdaptive physical education which helps with stamina, coordination and gross and fine motor skills.
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.
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.