2020 Founders Project Development-10 SECONDS

Announcing CTFA’s 2020 Founders Project Fulfillment Grant:
10 Seconds/Imagination Stage
Written by Miriam Gonzales
Directed by LeeAnet Noble
Asst. Playwright: Tyrese Rowe
Appropriate for grades 8-12
Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD -- To partner with a playwright and the DC Police Foundation to collaborate with the theatre’s youth program to create and work to build on leadership skills, conflict resolution and violence prevention and build bonds.

"In a world where deeply rooted biases and misperceptions easily take hold, life can often feel unnerving — a journey that can change for better or worse in a blink of an eye depending on how we see each other. In the play, 10 Seconds, we see through the eyes of Ray and Jimi, Washington, DC high school students who navigate their young adult worlds, and what it means to be young black men in the city. Ray tells the story of a day — and “ten seconds” inside that day — that he and Jimi will never forget, sharing not only their perspectives, but also the views of the police they encounter."
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The Imagination Stage Youth and Police Partnership is a collaborative program that strives to build positive relationships between DC Metropolitan Police officers and youth through mentorship and arts learning. Officers and youth use acting, improv, and visual art as a way to begin conversations around themes that are relevant to their lives and the communities they live and work in. Through this program, a space is provided for youth and officers to create art and share experiences that strengthen relationships and foster a community of trust and understanding that can be taken beyond the workshop. Our lead partner is the DC Police Foundation; the project is supported by Wells Fargo, DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, and The Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.
Imagination Stage remains dedicated to innovation and growing the ways in which we reach young people and families as we strive to serve ALL young people. Using theatre productions and educational workshops to bridge cultural divides and lift up underrepresented voices, Imagination Stage’s Theatre for Change program explores complex social justice issues to help build a new generation of compassionate, collaborative children who are capable of changing the world.