Since our founding 42 years ago, Imagination Stage has been about more than teaching young people to act, dance, and sing.
Our core, distinguishing purpose has always been positive youth development. And our work has been driven by our belief that exposure and participation in the performing arts intrinsically nourishes a child’s creative spirit, inspires their embrace of the complexity and diversity of their world, and helps them overcome their challenges with hope, courage, and above all, creativity.
By the Numbers
youth reached since our inception in 1979
In Fiscal Year 2022 Stats:
% bipoc & % women
comprise the board of trustees
% of kids
access our programs for free
where kids can participate our programming across all DC wards and Montgomery County
% of our students
receive accommodations for disclosed access & inclusion needs
Attended in-person programming in FY22
Our Commitment to IDEA
Since our inception over 40 years ago, Imagination Stage’s core values and mission have affirmed our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) for all children, as well as for our artists and staff. As a female-founded and -led organization, we recognize the imperative of IDEA in every aspect of operations, including hiring, program planning & implementation, and governance.
Impact Beyond Our Walls
While we are headquartered in Bethesda, Imagination Stage offers in-person arts and cultural enrichment in over 50 locations across all DC wards and Montgomery County.