Program: Access to Arts
Area of Work: Arts
Grant Purpose: General Support
As the largest arts education provider in the Bronx, DreamYard uses the arts to inspire youth, educators, and communities to reimagine how the arts can create change. At DreamYard, art is action, and art is a statement.! Its Our educational and community programs combine New York State standards-based arts instruction with social justice pedagogy to inspire students to use their art to create a more just and equitable society.
Purpose: To provide general support, with a focus on programs at the DreamYard Community Art Center and in local Bronx settings that enhance the vitality of shared public space
With the support of the Illumination Fund, DreamYard was able to:
- Provide a rich roster of 13 Programs at the Community Art Center including Fashion, BeatYard, ACTION, Bronx Poetry Project, Bronx Design League (formerly known as Digital Arts), Minis (including a series of 8 rotating classes), Bronx Arts Collective, Bronx Acting Ensemble, Community Art, Dance, Maker, and College and Career Prep, serving 310 young people a year from pre-K through 12th grade.
- Grow its reach in the Bronx through the opening of a new creative community center, BX Start, dedicated to building, testing, and growing the creative industries of the borough—including gaming, entrepreneurship, and digital production.
- Support 350 Bronx youth and young adults in exploring and launching careers in the creative sector through paid summer internships within 10 artistic disciplines, as well as creative entrepreneurship classes for 100 elementary through high school youth, and year-round small business support to a network of 50+ young creatives looking to grow their creative endeavors, and reduce out-of-borough sourcing needs.
- Serve 600 Bronx families through Saturday family art workshops, Family Freedom Fridays, the annual Back to School BBQ, and Parent’s Art Fair.
- Provide yearlong in-school arts residencies in 200 public school classes (PreK-12) across 45 Bronx public schools reaching 5,200 children and 250 teachers through professional development and yearlong collaboration.
- Produce DreamYard’s DreamFest, the largest celebration of student artwork in the Bronx, which ran for a historic 7 day run.
- Remain present and committed to its Bronx community during the public health crisis, COVID-19. DreamYard is supporting its families by moving all of its in-person programs and classes to online platforms such as Google Classroom and Seesaw for its PreK-5th grade students, increasing Creative Art Therapists working with students and families, distributing nearly 1,000 hotspots and Chromebooks for students to remain connected, and distributing over 3,000 lunches and groceries to local families out of its Community Art Center.