Using Art as an Engine for Community Involvement and Social Change

The Theatre Lab

Making Magic in the Community

In the summer of 2004, The Gary Rosenthal Collection Foundation challenged The Theatre Lab of Washington, DC to create a magic show for seniors featuring at-risk children. Along with The Theatre Lab, Gary recruited a cadre of magicians to share their talents with the children.

Twelve local children referred by House of Ruth participated in the debut of the Magic Program. They succedded beyond expectations, and entertained a room full of seniors in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The Art as a Catalyst program made it possible for The Theatre Lab to craft a curriculum for local organizations to use to produce and host magic shows for the community.

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