A Performance Exploring Community, Change, and Coming of Age in the Lincoln Park/La Alma Neighborhood
Denver Parks and Recreation and Mirror Image Arts have teamed up to create a unique theatrical experience based on over 45 community interviews with the La Alma-Lincoln Park residents. “The Heart” resulted from the “Speak Up, Speak Out” project, a two year collaboration between the city’s MY Denver Card program and Mirror Image Arts that began by exploring the social determinants that affect Healthy Eating and Active Living.
“Denver Parks and Recreation strives to create healthy relationships within the communities. Speak Up, Speak Out has given the voice to the young adults in the La Alma community. Allowing them to become leaders and advocating for change within their communities. Their role has become vital in building those community relationships as they build leadership and life skills they can use as they become adults.”
-Tiffany Tungate, MY Denver
The effort launched on July 1, 2016 at La Alma Recreation Center in La Alma/Lincoln Park in Northwest Denver. Over the past 18 months MY Denver staff and Mirror Image Arts have worked with a Youth Advisory Board to develop and execute a plan to learn about the community through a listening party, coalition building, and interviews. In July, a team of artists from Mirror Image Arts along with MY Denver staff and youth from the La Alma-Lincoln Park neighborhood came together to explore the stories that exist within it, and to develop a script with local playwright, Larry Mitchell.
“Getting to know this neighborhood and the wealth of stories within it, working with these artists and youth in the neighborhood, and all of the discoveries that have come along throughout that process has forever changed the way I look at and think about neighborhoods, community, and even the collaborative effort of theatre, itself. I can’t wait to experience the final iteration of the project along with the people who inspired and contributed to the project. And, I can’t wait to see how that manifests itself as a lasting element within the community once the performances are over.”
– Larry Mitchell, Playwright
“The Heart, The Soul” will run Dec 7th-10th, 2017 @ La Alma Recreation Center, 1325 W 11th Ave, Denver, CO 80204
- December 7th – 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
- December 8th – 10:00 am and 7:00 pm
- December 9th – 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
- December 10th – 2:00 pm
Tickets are FREE
Reserve your ticket at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-heart-the-soul-tickets-38609781897
About Denver Parks and Recreation
Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities are unrivaled in the Rocky Mountain West. The DPR system spans over a 149-year history, from the first park created in 1868 to nearly 20,000 acres of urban parks and mountain parkland today. A variety of amenities and activities are available within our 27 recreation centers, as well as outdoor programs and sports for all ages and abilities. MY Denver Card gives all Denver children, ages 5 to 18, free access to all outdoor pools, recreation centers and cultural facilities. For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/parksandrecreation, check us out on YouTube,
About Mirror Image Arts
Mirror Image Arts uses theatre as language to inspire dialogue, encourage awareness and promote action in order to build a strong, compassionate and empowered community. Our work is a subset of applied theatre. Applied theatre occurs in non-traditional settings such as schools, libraries, recreation centers, etc. It is facilitated by professional actors/teaching artists and involves people working as a community to address an issue of social concern. Applied theatre does not merely create a public performance, it interacts with its audience through questions and discussion that focus on relevant issues in their lives.
This project is made possible due to generous funding by The Colorado Health Foundation and Imagine 2020.