This is our two year cross sector partnership project that develops leadership and advocacy skills in young people (aged 12-18) by using applied theatre as a tool to explore the social determinant affecting Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) in the Denver La Alma-Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Mirror Image Arts is partnering with Denver Parks & Rec’s MY Denver program at La Alma Recreation Center. We have recruited a youth advisory board to uncover the systemic issues facing the La Alma-Lincoln Park neighborhood through youth led community listening meetings, interviews, and public events. This work is being done in collaboration with professional artists to identify the social determinant most important to the neighborhood. Together we are creating a public performance that raises questions and gives voices to the community. From that public performance our youth advisory board will work with MY Denver and community stakeholders to develop and facilitate a new MY Denver program to address the outcomes and ideas expressed during the public performance.

Our Youth Advisory Board (left to right): James, Alice, Desirea, Emily, Meghann, Aden, Norr, Andrea, Adam, Ali, Chelsea A, Alliyah, Maya, Chelsea P, Robin. Other members (missing from photo) include: Raquel, Yahya, and Malcolm. Photo credit: Jamey Rabold


Click here to see what this project has accomplished so far.


The Heart, The Soul Performance Recap:


Photo Credit: Jamey Rabold


The Heart, The Soul was an immersive theatre experience that was created through our two year residency project, Speak Up, Speak Out! at the La Alma Recreation Center in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in partnership with Denver Parks and Recreation’s MY Denver program. The piece ran at the La Alma Recreation Center for seven packed performances.  We had two hundred and thirty community members engage in this immersive theatre experience; sharing their stories and connecting with each other in a new meaningful way. The story of our journey through this process was featured on Colorado Public Radio and The Westword. The Heart, The Soul was created through interviews with community members to learn more about what makes someone feel connected or disconnected in the neighborhood.

 “Some of that history came to life during a recent run of immersive theatrical performances under the banner of The Heart, The Soul.”    
–Colorado Public Radio 

Listen to the CPR story here! 

“Getting to know La Alma and the wealth of stories within it, working with these artists and the youth who live here, has forever changed the way I think about neighborhoods, community and even the collaborative effort of theater itself.”     
–Larry Mitchell, playwright for The Heart, The Soul

To read the entire Westword article click here!


This program is made possible through funding from: