The S.H.A.C.K. Partners With Brooklyn-Based Imagine Project
We believe people cross paths for a reason and recently, through a series of phone calls, S.H.A.C.K. founder/director Wendy Mitchell was connected with someone whose mission closely lined up with that of the S.H.A.C.K. Bill Bartlett, founder/director of The Imagine Project in Brooklyn, and Wendy Mitchell, founder/director of the S.H.A.C.K. have teamed up to bring their vision to the Sandy Hook community through performing and visual arts.
The Imagine Project Inc., a not for profit 501(c) 3 corporation, was founded by Bill Bartlett in 1992 and is dedicated to nurturing a child’s creativity through the arts. It was founded on the principle that “There exists within each child a creative energy which must not lie dormant. Rather, this creativity must be channeled to radiate light. For energy misdirected can lead to things far more destructive than darkness. We must create and facilitate a safe environment for children to explore and engage these creative forces.”
The Imagine Project has nurtured inner city children who barely speak; to sing, children who hardly move; to dance, children who never thought it possible, to turn their own ideas into staged works of art with music created by the children themselves. For many children The Imagine Project may be the only place they may ever have to discover that all accomplishments start with a dream, and that all dreams are possible.
Bill, a New Yorker, is a graduate of Tufts University and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is happy to be presenting a free spring theatre workshop for Sandy Hook and Newtown children and teens during spring break from April 15-19. Working with children in the arts for so many years, Bill said, is what motivated him to want to give back to the community after the events of 12/14.
Russell Merritt – Professor of Film U.C. Berkeley
“I believe all children are born geniuses. As we grow, most of the wonder is taken away by the day to day realities of life. I have seen over the years that The Imagine Project has the power to bring this magic back into [children's] lives, allowing them to rediscover their own extraordinary potential. The Imagine Project is without question the most beautiful program I have ever experienced.” Dr. Charles De Stefano, Chief Psychologist, Child Study Center, NYC