We are LIFE Center Stage are dedicated to providing programs through the expressive arts to revitalize community engagement, socialization, and generate creative cooperation for individual and community growth, we focus on artistic development, youth leadership and drug prevention.
A few of our art & music events, workshops and presentations. Click any slide for more information on the event.
Heroes & VillainsYouth were invited to work with a teaching artist and art therapist to create a mask and story that shows the challenges that they experience each day. Their masks will be featured in a short film. A second group of youth are working with musicians to compose the music score for the film.
Knock Out Opioid Abuse DayWe created a call to action leading up to Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day where we invited the community to submit inspiring songs around this crisis. 6 songwriters won a spot in an Collaborative Anthem Writing Workshop where they composed three songs. They performed their songs at Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day, one song was picked as the official anthem and was recorded in a professional studio.
Youth Open Mic TrainingThis Leadership Through Artistry training program was customized for Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute to train and develop peer-support hosts to emcee and/or participate in performances for personal and community development inspiring purposeful living and true leadership practices.
You Choose: Drugs or Life MuralYou Choose: Drugs or Living Mural was created by the youth at the Dover Free Public Library. This program was created by LIFE Center Stage and funded through Family Intervention Services and their Mending Arts program.
The Different Kids ClubChildren worked together with a professional storyteller and art therapist to write a collaborative book titled The Different Kids Club. The kids discovered differences and shared interests. This book is a celebration of those differences and similarities.
Heady Field MuralThe mural for Heady Field is designed to bring positive messaging and prevention to the community of Rockaway Borough. The goal of the mural is to lead by good example by showing positive images of community, fellowship, and unity.
Pledge & PlantLIFE Center Stage created a call to action to seed, celebrate and grow heartfelt qualities in their life by participating in “Pledge and Plant”. On a paper heart embedded with wildflower seeds, participants were asked to write an intention, be it global or personal, on the seeded paper heart and plant it in a garden with the idea, “When we create the right conditions for growth and tend to it, what was previously unknown or seemingly out-of-reach becomes attainable.”
community outreach through the arts
Bridging Realities™ is a stigma-free initiative with an expansive vision that closes the gap between those affected by mental illness and/or a substance abuse disorder and the outside world. Innovative seminars and workshops, performances, festivals and peer to peer mentorship are all utilized, and are key components of Igniting Creativity and Purposeful Living ©, our diverse program that brings individuals and communities together in fun-filled, uplifting and inspiring ways, educating all through personal experience and creative expression.
Serving each of these communities is important, but Bridging Realities™ goes one step further: it brings together those people who have “been there” and are now integrated members of society and those who’s journeys have just begun. Peer to peer mentorship and concerts such as Life Center Stage’s “Journey Through Song,” have proven to be successful in supporting healthy post recovery, because not only do these connect people peer to peer, but they tie in the rest of the larger community. Events such as these welcome families and friends, strangers and neighbors, to discover through an evening of entertainment, that passion and inspiration, courage and the longing to belong to something greater than ourselves exists in all of us, truly bridging our realities.
We advocate for an informed grass roots approach that fosters mentorship and leadership through peer participation and is, in our experience, the most consistently successful recovery program in the long run. We believe and have experienced, that when we are seen, accepted and encouraged to express ourselves in a safe, supportive and stigma-free environment, we liberate a passion for living that leads to a fuller and richer life. Bridging Realities™ through its initiative Igniting Creativity and Purposeful Living © has been tested and created for just this purpose.