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Mirror Image Arts recently launched its Two-day program at Merrill Middle School. While all programs have stumbles, the challenges were welcomed and met. The result?

A great success. 

“The Mirror Image Arts “Your Voice Matters” program was an engaging and interactive workshop for our students that not only challenged them to think critically about bullying but also empowered them with the tools to make changes in our school community.  Mirror Image provided an extremely valuable social and emotional learning opportunity for our students and we look forward to working with them again very soon,”

Merrill Middle School Community Engagement Specialist, David Edmonds.

Thanks to the students, teachers and staff at Merrill Middle School!

 

 

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Last week we were so happy to see so many supportive and creative people at our open house held at Curious Theatre in Denver. Attendees ate and learned about Mirror Image Arts before the presentation, and were treated with a simulated workshop. Guided by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski the audience was first introduced to a brave young man who shared his incredibly insightful, heartbreaking and inspiring story of being bullied. The story, like so many seeping into our communities today, framed the urgency and importance of workshops like Mirror Image Art’s, “Your Voice Matters.”

The facilitator of the workshop began the simulation and Patrick interjected, explaining the structure and reasoning behind the processes. A seemingly simple play that occurs over several days in a middle school setting allows for incredible conversation and engagement. The actors lit the stage with honesty, sparking strong responses from the attendees.

The afternoon was closed with a panel discussion that included actors, directors, board members and Ms. Brittnee Merritt a Denver Public Schools Community Engagement Specialist with FACE (Family and Community Engagement).

We couldn’t be more pleased with the unveiling of our flagship workshop and the genuine support we received. Thank you.

Here we go!

 

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A special gathering of theatre and non-theatre folks alike joined to participate in our workshop earlier this Summer at Sol Vida Dance on Colfax. It is all well and fine to have a program planned and polished on paper, but it is something else all together to make a program work in action. We found out some pretty amazing things about ourselves, our friends and colleagues over the two weekends. We learned:

  • That we are not alone in wanting to help young people have a safe place to learn about and express their experience with bullying.
  • Our program can and should  have flexibility to reach as many diverse communities as possible.
  • Hard work pays off, but it often begets more hard work.

Not discouraged by this by any means, we moved onto our first step in bringing Mirror Image Arts to our audience, the student. Our target audience group is middle school children. With the help of Sol Vida and our plethora of workshop participants we pushed the needle to the next chapter…The pilot program.  More on that later~

Enjoy some photos from our workshop!