PROJECT RESTART:

Merrimack Hall

HAPPY DAYS STARTING BACK!

We're still wrapping our heads around the logistics of a return to our beloved building. The online programming has been remarkably successful, and we plan to keep the digital programming option available to those who wish to continue participation remotely!

Right now, we are planning a return to Happy Days at the start of May. Happy Days is our engaging cultural program for adults with special needs.

Please be sure to read our COVID Policy Page. We will do our best to safely accommodate as many people as possible. By registering for our programs, you agree to our COVID-19 Policy.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Merrimack Hall is taking every possible precaution to ensure the safety all of individuals involved in our programs. At this time, this involves limited class sizes and limited inter-personal interactions. Our facility is thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis to ensure the health and welfare of our entire population. Merrimack Hall reserves the right to suspend program involvement due to failure to comply with safety protocols.

HAPPY DAYS REGISRATION OPENS APRIL 13

OUR TIMELINE FOR PROJECT RESTART

(schedule subject to change)

A note about vaccinations....

We strongly encourage you to consider available options to ensure the health and wellness of the entire community at Merrimack Hall. No individual will be prevented from registration for programs at Merrimack Hall due to vaccination status. We maintain that all individuals deserve access to the arts, and the choice to receive a COVID-19 vaccine is a strictly personal choice. We ask our entire community to honor and respect another person's choice regarding this matter.

Again, all individuals deserve access to the arts.​

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

Our Mission

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

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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