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Over the past year Mirror Image Arts has experienced immense growth in our “Your Voice” series serving more than a 1,000 young people from July 2016-June 2017. This increase in programming, coupled with the addition of our two year civic practice project, “Speak Up, Speak Out!”, spurred the need for us to expand our staff in order to maintain the quality positive youth development and arts programming we are known for in the community.

We are excited to announce that Mirror Image Arts has created a new full-time staff position called the Program Coordinator, and we are even more thrilled to share that Maya Osterman will start in this new position July 1st. This role is crucial to the continued growth of our organization as Maya will spend ⅔ of her time in the field leading programs, and the rest assisting with the administration of programs, fundraising, and marketing.

Maya has grown with Mirror Image Arts over the last two years as a facilitator, a collaborator on program development, and as an event volunteer. Her unique ability to forge relationships with young people, her passion for facilitation and theatre, and her experience as a program administrator make her an exciting addition to our staff.

We look forward to introducing Maya to our donors and volunteers. The support from the community makes all of this work possible, and we look forward to seeing how Maya contributes to our organization as we work together to impact Colorado young people.

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Maya Osterman-Van Grack has been an Applied Theatre practitioner for the last eleven years. She received her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Colorado-Boulder. As a facilitator, actor, director, and writer she has worked with numerous theatre companies and universities utilizing and devising theatre as an instructive tool, equipping participants with knowledge, skills, and motivation to engage in real efforts to make personal and societal transformation. Maya is the Founder/Facilitator of Restorative Theatre – a theatre program for incarcerated youth that runs at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden, CO. She also currently serves as the Director of Artistic Programs at Arizona State University’s STIR (Sex Trafficking Intervention and Research) program through the School of Social Work.

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Yahya is one of the exceptional young people we get to work with in our Speak Up, Speak Out! project. He serves on our Youth Advisory Board.

What is your name?
Yahya

How old are you?
18

What School do you attend?
Rise Up School

What is your favorite subject in school? 
Math and Science

What is your favorite activity outside of school?
Basketball and Boxing

What is your favorite song? 
Stand By Me by Ben E. King

What is your favorite movie?
The Perfect Match

What is your favorite book?
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Who is your role model? 
My older brother, cause he goes to college and that’s what I want to do.

Where do you want to go college? 
Long Beach California because they have lots of indoor and outdoor sports.

What do you want to be when you grow up? 
I have a couple, I want to be a sports agent, a forensic pathologist, a real estate agent cause that seems fun, and college basketball coach.

What do you like about being a part of Speak Up, Speak Out! Youth Advisory Board? 
I get to talk about what I want to change in the neighborhood and I get to hangout with people I don’t know.

How will being a part of this Youth Advisory Board help you as a person?
I believe being a part of YAB will help me be a better leader.

Mirror Image Arts is excited to announce that with the assistance of the Colorado Health Foundation Grant, we are able to grow our staff team to include a full-time Programs and Partnerships Director. We are thrilled to share that we have hired Meghann Henry.

Meghann’s most recent work was with the Mizel Arts and Culture Center where she served as their Education Director. Before she and her husband moved to Denver, she was the Director of Education and Outreach at the nationally recognized Coterie Theatre and a Youth Services Librarian for the Kansas City Public Library. We are beyond excited to have Meghann’s vast talent and experience with us as part of our staff team now as we continue to grow our programs and services for the communities we serve. We are so thankful for everything she contributed to the organization in the past as both Board Chair and Program Advisor. Meghann will start full-time October 1, 2016.

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AUDITION NOTICE:
Mirror Image Arts is pleased to announce auditions for the 2015-2016 season. Mirror Image Arts is an in-school applied theatre company that utilizes theatre as a tool to spark dialogue with youth around social issues while developing leadership skills.

WE ARE SEEKING ADULT MALE AND FEMALE NON-EQUITY TEACHING ARTISTS who are interested the unique experience of guiding young audiences through the important journey of self-discovery. This is theatre with a purpose! Our programs are designed to empower youth to use their voice for change.

Season Auditions will be held at The Robert and Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education (1101 13th St Denver, CO 80204) BY APPOINTMENT ONLY on July 6th & 7th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Callbacks will be held on July 9th at 6:30pm.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Those auditioning will be invited to lead the selection committee through an exercise of your choosing in your unique voice. You will have 5 minutes to present. Please get as creative as you like.
  • No monologue required, but you may be asked to read from a script.
  • Following the activity we will have a 5-10 minute discussion around:
    • why you would like to be apart of this program
    • what you feel you can bring to the program
    • your  teaching and classroom management style

Please visit www.mirrorimagearts.org to learn more about us.

Rehearsals will run 6:30pm-9:30pm on:
July 20-23 (Mon-Thur)

July 27-30 (Mon-Thur)

Aug 10-13 (Mon-Thur)

*No rehearsals the 1st week of August
Performance dates and times will vary throughout the school year. Commitment expectations will be discussed during auditions. All teaching artists  are paid per workshop.

For an appointment please email headshot, resume along with preferred audition time and date to perform@mirrorimagearts.org

 

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When we bring our fun, interactive, and challenging programs to Denver area schools we give the students a strong message: Your Voice Matters! Your Actions Matter!

This year, with your help, we’d like to add to that mantra: Your Miles Matter! For the first time, Mirror Image Arts is proud to be an official Charity Partner of the 2015 Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon! On Sunday, May 17th, members and friends of our organization will be hitting the streets of Denver to run, have fun, and raise awareness for Mirror Image Arts.

You’re invited to come run with us! We’ll be forming special running teams, called “I’ve Got Your Back” Relay Teams, to participate in the Colfax Marathon’s exciting 5-person relay race. Instead of tackling a marathon alone, each team member gets to run a few miles of the course, with the final team member crossing the finish line at the end of the marathon. It really accents our belief that, if we work together, we can accomplish some pretty remarkable things!

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Of course, if you’re the kind of athlete who would prefer to run the marathon or half-marathon by yourself, we would love to have you onboard, too! (And, quite frankly, we’re super impressed!) After the race, Mirror Image Arts will have an informational booth set up near the finish line, where race finishers will have the chance to learn about all the ways we’re working to bring an end to bullying in our Colorado schools and communities.

If you’re interested in running with us, or if you’d like to volunteer for the event, you can e-mail j.vonbokern@mirrorimagearts.org for all the information you need to get started!

We hope you can join us!

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My name is Sam Provenzano and I am a Teaching ARTist for Mirror Image Arts. During the recent development of our 6 week after-school program, I was asked to become the lead facilitator for the project. I said yes without hesitation!

The first 6-week program held simultaneously some of the most challenging and easy moments at Mirror Image Arts for me. I say easy because the curriculum had so much freedom inside of it, that it was easy for me to trust the process. Meghann and Laura developed a fleshed out curriculum but were open and willing to grow it as we put it on its feet. It was a fun process because they had already done their research and I got to come in and play! I loved it. I felt very supported in voicing my opinion and became a co-collaborator in it’s development. The challenging part was getting to the point where I trusted what I was doing. I am glad I had this opportunity to facilitate this with a generally small student turn out. It gave me the flexibility and confidence to try on this new curriculum. see more

I was really affected by the students in the program. With such a small group, it was easy to see where students wanted to share and where they were protecting themselves. After one student opened up about being bullied, I couldn’t stop thinking about him for a week. I had forgotten really how raw and mean people can be. I live in a very PC and polite everyday world so it shook me to reconnect directly to that harsh environment full of embarrassment and self doubt. I understand bullying is a real everyday struggle for many people, but this student put it into a real perspective that I hadn’t seen in awhile.

I am nervous and excited for the next one. I think this program is fun for students while still challenging them to be creative and brave. I am nervous because a larger group will be a brand new learning experience. But because I trust the curriculum, I can’t wait to see what form future programs take.

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We want to extend a heart felt “Thank You” for all of our supporters who attended our Holiday Variety Show. Because of their generosity, we were able to raise $1,700. This is a wonderful step towards our fundraising goal of $25,000 over the next six months. Reaching this goal will provide Mirror Image Arts with a sustainable future, so that we can continue to change and save lives.

Please help us to continue this momentum by becoming a Mirror Image Arts’ Repeat Defender and by telling your friends, family, and colleagues about Mirror Image Arts, so they too can have the opportunity to join us as we empower Denver youth and build a stronger more empathic community.

You are our heroes. And we thank you. Happy Holiday!

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Start the holiday season off right!

Indulge in a little holiday cheer and help Mirror Image Arts put an end to bullying!

Join us for a fun filled holiday themed evening hosted by Colorado’s own loud, boisterous, and insightful comedian,Vinnie Montez, and featuring a host of local performers sharing their talents in comedy, drama, singing, belly dancing, and more! Purchase a signature cocktail, created especially for this event, and enter a raffle to win the Booze Wagon to help keep your liquor cabinet filled the entire season! Proceeds will support getting our program, “Your Voice Matters”, into area schools.

FEATURING: Vinnie Montez, Paul Page, Eugene Ebner, Snappy Nails Improv, Balefire Fusion Belly Dance Troupe, ​Kelly Rodwell, ​Markus Warren​, Royce Rosewood and Elizabeth Seymour.

$25 – All proceeds to benefit Mirror Image Arts.

For tickets and more information, visit: http://voodoocomedy.com/event/mirror-image-arts-holiday-variety-show

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The Mirror Image Arts’ “I Got Your Back!” Program Showcase and Fundraiser was a wonderful success. Our great thanks to all of the wonderful donors and volunteers that made the evening possible. After such a success, we are even more motivated to bring our programming to the community! To keep this amazing work available to our youth, we need your help. If you were unable to attend the event, it’s not too late to show your support.

The true cost to Mirror Image Arts for a single workshop is $1500. Because of generous contributions from people like you, we are able to bring our program to schools for only $300 which ensures youth across the socioeconomic spectrum equal access to our important message. The best way you can help us is by becoming a Mirror Image Arts “Repeat Defender” and signing up to make a set donation of an amount of your choosing each month via PayPal on our Ways to Give page. Or, consider making a one-time donation.

We believe in what we are doing. We’re asking you to stand with us. Thank you for your support.

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Mirror Image Arts presents

I Got Your Back!

I got your back

Our Annual Showcase Performance and Fundraising Event

Held at:

910 Arts GallerySkylite Station
910 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204


You are cordially invited to Mirror Image Arts’ Annual Showcase & Fundraising Event.

September 6 at 5:00-8:00pm

Admission is free, but space is limited so please RSVP BY AUGUST 23RD.

Our event will include:
– hor d’oeuvres & cash bar
– an incredible silent auction
– the work of local artist Cherie Sutton
– balloons! (seriously, you don’t want to miss these balloons)
– a showcase performance of our current program, YOUR VOICE MATTERS
– surprises and prizes throughout

Hor d’oeuvres & cocktails begin at 5:00pm
Showcase Performance begins at 5:45pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP today!