CommUNITY Connections, The Rose Theater’s outreach program, makes theater activities available to Omaha area children and families who have not traditionally had access to the theater arts. We believe that theater can be a critical component of the healing process for at-risk, traumatized, and justice-involved young people.
CommUNITY Connections complements the work of existing non-profit human service providers in creating a trusting and supportive environment for youth to explore and celebrate their personal and communal narratives.
Thanks to our generous supporters, CommUNITY Connections programming is offered free or at reduced rates to organizational and individual participants.
History of CommUNITY Connections
CommUNITY Connections is the extension of the Community Voices program. This outreach program was started to give students a voice and a creative outlet to express themselves through theater arts. It was the program’s goal to make a difference in the way young people in underserved communities view their opportunities in life, to build self-esteem, discipline, high self-expectations, and community involvement. In this innovative program, the students dove into the topics of various social challenges confronting our community including:
human rights inequalities
criminal justice system sentencing disparities
The Community Voices program began with the idea of the “transforming pain into power” theater-for-social-change programming model started by Daniel Beaty in 2015. This original project led many participants to say that they felt they were being heard for the first time. Our work with Daniel Beaty began by looking at the effects of gang violence in our community; subsequent projects examined the issues of mass youth incarceration, teen pregnancy, the foster care system and DACA. It is The Rose’s intent to continue to grow and expand upon the model and foundation laid by Daniel, and use theater to shed light on social issues, call people to action, and celebrate our strengths as a community.