Welcome to ProjectFREE

The not for profit  whose mission is to enhance the quality of life  for individuals with intellectual or developmental  disabilities.

Project Free’s goal is to help our consumers lead independent and balanced lives through visual and performing arts,  academics, entrepreneurial training and aquatic skills.  

Project Free presents an amazing program for adults with diverse abilities. 

PF is rooted in  a program of music, visual and performing arts, and academics, along with culinary arts and aquatic (on the water) sports and navigation training.

Solar Flair, Project Free’s rock an roll band, is the core of our music curricula taught by dedicated professional and performing musicians.  Solar Flair performs at community events and local clubs to  ever-increasing  enthusiastic  audiences. Every performance exudes pride and joy.

Rising Starz is the musical comedy production company that  has  presented  adaptations of popular Broadway plays including Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Grease, Mama Mia  and Once Upon a Mattress. The Starz most recent performance was a new original musical called “Love the Hard Way” August 8th – 11th, 2019, at the Hickman Theater in Gulfport.

 Culinary Arts – launched on July 1st, 2019 – provides hands on training in a local commercial  kitchen. Our products will be offered for sale to the public as we hone our baking skills.

 Waterworks, our aquatic program, will be conducted on both land and sea.  Waterworks offers basics of  boat safety and navigation, along with recreational fishing and tubing. Water works kicked off on June 24,2019.

 Project Free’s programs are open to both waiver and non waiver clients


ProjectFREE Mission: To implement a bold new concept for adults with Asperger’s, intellectual and developmental disabilities who have the ability and the passion to live and work independently by creating a safe and supportive living, learning, and working environment that intrinsically connects each individual to their community.

Our Inspiration: Lauren’s Story Lauren personifies what is possible when a person focuses on their abilities and breaks down barriers. From the day she was born, we recognized that her life would be about what she would achieve despite what the larger society might think is possible. Thirty years of challenges and successes—including being the first mainstreamed student in a public high school, a performing musician and holding down a job in the “real world”—still places Lauren in a world with very limited career and independent life options. Through living, learning, and working, every person can compete in, and contribute to their community and society at large.


ProjectFREE RisingStarz most recent performance was also their most ambitious project: Production of an original rock musical “Love the Hard Way: The Rise of Halcyon.” This
Dramedy featured the award-winning music of Tampa Bay icons: HALCYON.

Thirty of Halcyon’s most iconic songs, such as Love the Hard Way, Independence, The Joke’s on Me, Real Love and You Can’t Shoot a Rainbow/Love is Louder will empower the cast and have the audience rocking.

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