Artreach's Music Heals Coffeehouse Returns with All-Beatles Program on September 30th & October 1st





(Norwich, CT - September 13, 2022). Artreach, Inc. will return to live performance with its popular Music Heals Coffeehouse on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 7:30 pm. The performance, along with the "Here Comes the Sun" art show and sale, will take place at Chestnut Street Playhouse located at 24 Chestnut Street, Norwich, CT. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at Artwork created by Artreach members can be purchased at the event. For more information, visit

Postponed from March 2020, the Music Heals Coffeehouse is a longstanding Artreach tradition and it's back with an all-Beatles program of live music. The Music Heals Coffeehouse will highlight Artreach members performing popular music from throughout The Beatles catalogue. Each member picked a song to perform that is meaningful to them, while the performance raises awareness and busts the stigma of mental illness.

"Now, more than ever, we need to raise awareness about mental health. Music and art are such great ways to bring people together to make progress," said Becca Atkins, Executive Director of Artreach, Inc.

Each performance will also feature Here Comes the Sun, an art show and sale featuring Artreach members’ work created in weekly visual arts workshops. Proceeds from art sales go directly to the artists. Doors will open at 6:30 pm for the art show on both evenings.

Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling Artreach at (860) 887-0014. Limited seats will be available each night at the door.

Individuals requiring accommodations should email Carin Estey, Event Coordinator

This program received funding from Charter Oak Federal Credit Union Foundation.

Artreach, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, also receives funding from the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS); CT Department of Economic and Community Development/Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; CTHumanities; NBCUniversal Foundation; Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut; National Endowment for the Arts/Challenge America; Dime Bank Foundation; Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; R.S. Gernon Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; Town Fair Tire Foundation; Chelsea Groton Foundation; Norwich Rotary Foundation; and countless individuals.


Music Heals is a  life- changing  program that truly makes a difference for individuals in our community who are living with mental illnesses. Music Heals Coffeehouse not only provides musical training, it teaches life skills and builds community among participants. Artreach Music Director Dick Pape assembles a band of professional and community musicians who volunteer their time to rehearse and perform with the Artreach members over a twelve-week period, which culminates with live public performances.


Artreach heals through creativity. Using the creative arts, Artreach supports sustainable recovery from psychiatric disorders and raises awareness about mental health in the community-at-large. By providing theater, music, visual arts, and recreational opportunities to members, Artreach enhances the quality of its members' lives and teaches skills that help them achieve and sustain recovery after experiencing mental illnesses. Our public performances and art exhibits engage attendees in conversation about mental health and serve to bust the stigma of mental illness, creating social change in our community. Founded in 1985, Artreach is know for the Second Step Players sketch comedy troupe, the Music Heals Coffeehouse, and Mixed Bag performances of comedy and music. and social media @ArtreachHeals.

WHO:        Artreach, Inc. presents an all-Beatles

WHAT:    Music Heals Coffeehouse

                An all-Beatles, in-person music performance


                "Here Comes the Sun" art show and sale


WHERE:    Chestnut Street Playhouse

                24 Chestnut Street, Norwich, CT 06360


WHEN:    Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 7:30

                Doors open at 6:30 pm for the art show


HOW:        More information and tickets can be found at; or by calling Artreach at (860)                 887-0014.

                Limited tickets will be available at the door.        

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Emma Palzere-Rae, Associate Director

(860) 961-6067