Photo courtesy of Clifford Norton Studio
“I first saw the play “The Meeting,” by Jeff Stetson,
when I was 13, and it sparked something in me. I thought,
‘That’s what theater is? I’ve gotta do that!’” says Boone.
These productions inspired Boone to continue
connecting youth with the performing arts. In 2016, she again
worked alongside Winlock, as well as Moreland residents
MeShelle Barclay and Tammi Hayes, to launch a video contest
for teens ages 14 to 18-years-old called “See Me I Matter.”
Teens were invited to submit three-minute videos about how
they want their community to see them. Cash prizes were
awarded to the top winners.
Last year, Boone finally felt healthy enough to revisit
the play about her niece’s death. Through her family’s nonprofit
organization IMAGINE, she mounted a well-attended
program at the Shaker Library about teen domestic violence,
which included a dramatic reading of “him.” Boone brought
in survivors of domestic violence to share their stories and
presented a panel discussion with representatives from
advocacy groups and the Shaker Heights Police Department.
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