IMAGINATION STAGE’S TOP 10 OF 2019-2020
This season was unexpected in many ways, but with great challenges come great opportunities for innovation. We appreciate the dedication and support we have received from our families and supporters. Thank you for being a part of this amazing season – we invite you to look back at our Top 10 moments from the last year at Imagination Stage.
1. Shifting our Educational programming to meet the pandemic. A summer online started off with the popularity of our “You & Me” storytime adventures, providing our families an opportunity to enjoy early childhood workshops from the comfort of their own home. As we move into the next year, we are excited to have the opportunity to bring our Learning Through Theatre program to schools virtually and continue our work with Bancroft Elementary as we develop a variety of virtual education offerings.
2. Keep the Mission Alive: This contributed income campaign brought in more than $250,000 in the face of financial and social hardship brought on by the pandemic.
3. Voices Beyond Bars: The collaborative partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility enjoyed its first year. An invited audience of community stakeholders observed a short performance of work that participants had created during the workshops.
4. ¡Óyeme!: the second ¡Óyeme! original play won a highly competitive grant from the Multi-Arts Production Fund. Personal narratives, poems, and drawings created by students in our ¡Óyeme! workshops were to be featured in the National Building Museum’s exhibition, The Wall/El Muro: What is a Border Wall? beginning in March 2020 (COVID-19 disruptions resulted in its postponement).
5. 10 Seconds: Miriam Gonzales’s new commission – based on the ideas, conversations, and discoveries from two years of workshops with DC Metropolitan police and youth – won The Children’s Foundation of America’s Founders’ Project Fulfillment Grant for FY 2020.
6. Contributed Income: We achieved our annual fund goal! Thanks in part to an excellent 40th Anniversary Gala and COVID relief funding.
7. Imagination Stage DC: The Council of the District of Columbia recognized Imagination Stage DC’s five years of service with a Ceremonial Recognition Resolution. The resolution reads in part, “We commend and thank Imagination Stage DC as it continues to improve the lives of children in the District of Columbia by bringing superlative theatre arts education experiences to Washington, DC practices.”
8. A Kids Play About Racism: Imagination Stage joined 40 other TYA theatres across the USA as co-producers of A Kids Play About Racism, adapted by Khalia Davis from the book by Jelani Memory. In addition, we held a panel discussion with guest panelists Asia Ewell and Jerry Tello meant to encourage honest conversations about race, racism, and the emotions that can surround these topics, with an eye on raising the next generation to confront racial injustice.
9. Organizational Recognition: Imagination Stage earned a top score for the fourth year in a row among the 80 Arts and Humanities of Montgomery County General Operating Support grantees. Our rating was based on organizations’ capacity, programming, service to the community, and financial stability.
10. Learning Through Theatre: All Learning Through Theatre performances at THEARC of Escape from Peligro Island: You Create Your Own Adventure reached capacity for reservations, resulting in a 13% growth in the year-over-year cumulative audience!