Brooklyn Academy of Music
Program: Access to Arts
Area of Work: Arts
Grant Purpose: Education Programs
BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a multi-arts center located in Brooklyn. For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more.
Purpose: To support BAM Education, including which engages students, teachers, families, and learners of all ages through a diverse range of initiatives designed to encourage young people to embrace their vision, voice, and power as creative agents.
Offerings include in-school arts residencies for students; after-school workshops; school-time music and theater presentations for young audiences; weekend presentations for families; and programming tailored to serve youth with special needs.
In the past year, BAM’s programs have included Brooklyn Reads, a literacy residency program; AfricanDanceBeat, an in-school dance residency presented in conjunction with BAM’s annual DanceAfrica festival; and six intensive out-of-school initiatives designed to provide students with practical, in-depth learning opportunities in a diverse range of fields. The Arts & Justice after-school theater-making workshop used theater techniques and practice to help 15 high school students explore a social justice issue or cultural theme of their choice; the 2019-2019 theme was Mental Health, which culminated in a performance by the youth in BAM’s Fishman Space.
Photos by Marie Kon