The Imagination Stage Police and Youth Program is a collaborative project that strives to build positive relationships between local police officers and youth through mentorship and arts learning.
Both police officers and youth participate in workshops weekly facilitated by Imagination Stage teaching artists. These workshops use theater exercises, performance, and improvisational games that inspire bonding, understanding and community building. Guest artists are also invited within the program to introduce other art forms, such as spoken word and graffiti art.
Through this program, a space is provided that gives the youth and officers an outlet to create art and share experiences that strengthen relationships in hopes of forming a strong community of trust and understanding that can be taken outside of the classroom. Project partners include Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Department of Recreation and the DC Police Foundation.