Our students were traveling near and far this summer, with Art Center students going on cultural trips to Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Entering their third summer of DreamYard's ACTION Project, the Unity cohort decided to focus on the issue of gentrification as they moved to explore its impact on various communities across the country, specifically in the South Bronx. Participants spent the first half of the summer interviewing various community members and crafting a script that will come together to create a full "mock-umentory" this fall. They traveled to Washington, DC, a rapidly gentrifying area and our nation's capital, to partner with local organizations and interview the residents, students, and small businesses affected by the issue.
In August, several DreamYard Art Center participants embarked on a week long expedition to Puerto Rico. After a series of preparatory workshops, participants departed New York and went on to study the cultural, political, and historical wonders of this beautiful island. Participants were able to reconnect, debrief, and curate their own presentation, which will be shared with our DY and Morrisania community this Fall.