Imagination Stage offers theatre and arts education experiences that nourish children’s imaginations, inspire them to embrace the complexity and diversity of their world, and help them to overcome their challenges through hope, courage, and, above all, creativity. 

 

Imagination Stage relies on the generosity of their circle of donors to sustain the productions and programs that play such an important role in the lives of young people. Your contribution truly makes a difference. 

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Highlight On Imagination Stage

October 18, 2014

My mother has been a strong supporter of Imagination Stage Children's Theatre and has advocated for the work they do through corporate giving for many years.  When I returned to Maryland and she learned that they had yet to choose the 2014 Gala Chairs, she cheerfully threw my name into the ring.  I was very honored but a bit nervous. 

 

The Imagination Stage Annual Silent Auction and Gala is their main fundraiser of the year.  So the pressure was on to come through with a fabulous Gala, to fulfill the vision of Director Bonnie Fogel, to sell the tickets, get the auction items, secure the support of local and national heavy hitters for financial support.  I had so many balls in the air with my own three kids I can't believe I thought there were enough hours in the day to take the project on. The 2014 Gala was also a transitional point for Imagination Stage as that evening they were announcing that in partnership with the National Theatre, they would be expanding into Washington, DC--  A bold and exciting initiative! 

 

Lucky for me after making all sorts of promises I couldn’t possibly ever keep to my friend and neighbor T. Barron, I secured her as my fabulous Co-Chair.  We were then doubly blessed to have Russell Simmons support the Gala as our Honorary Chair, bringing his flavor to the theme of the event: READY, SET, CHANGE THE WORLD! Which challenges us to nourish children’s creativity today to prepare them to take on the innovative world of tomorrow.  The Gala honored Psalmayene 24, playwright and director, who has created incredible Imagination Stage productions that bring Hip-Hop and traditional fairytales to the stage with fun and entertaining twists and humor. 

 

Working on the Gala with the staff at Imagination Stage allowed me to see their dedication and artistry in action. I fell in love with Imagination Stage like never before.  Children are enriched beyond measure by theie presence.  This is why we as a family we love Imagination Stage and have given our time and fundraising energy to them in support.  Check out their website for more information about the wonderful programs and performances that you and your children can enjoy.  I would also encourage a direct donation here on their page.

 

- Katie Rost

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ART WITHIN REACH:

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