"Our penguins may not be able to fly, but that does not prevent their spirits from soaring."

 

Our program is partially funded by grants from Illinois Arts Council, Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, 

Kiwanis Club of Normal & Town of Normal Harmon Arts Fund.

Our goals

By creating unrestricted access to the performing arts, The Penguin Project® McLean County demonstrates that the special challenges of a disability need not handicap a child’s ability to participate in life’s many experiences.
 
To do this, we focus on achieving the following goals
 
  1. To provide an opportunity for children with disabilities to develop creative skills related to the theater arts 
  2. To provide an opportunity for children with disabilities to participate in a community theater experience
  3. To facilitate interaction between children with disabilities and their age-level peers through joint participation in a community theater experience
  4. To facilitate an appreciation of the challenges faced by children with disabilities and their families 
  5. To identify the impact of a community theater experience on the communication skills, socialization, and  self-confidence/self-esteem of children with disabilities
  6. To facilitate interaction among medical, developmental, educational, and theater professionals through participation in a common community project
  7. To provide a forum for support and interaction for families of children with disabilities