Poems from the International Poetry Exchange Program's Visit to Japan!

Poems from the International Poetry Exchange Program's Visit to Japan!

This November, DreamYard’s International Poetry Exchange Program visited Japan! 42 young poets from the Bronx, Japan, Korea and the Philippines bonded, explored various cultural and historical landmarks, and shared their poetry.

“Recipe for International Poetry Exchange”

Gather 40 young poets from around the world. Watch

languages & hearts & stories & identities collide, shine.

Hear their traveling of mother tongues  

Japanese, Tagalog, Korean, Spanish, English, Soninke

& on. How they all sound like song & invocation.

See them slurp noodles, sample sushi, drink broth from deep bowls.

Watch them swallow the sea, ache from the lists & lists of names

carved into stone at the Peace Memorial. Weep with them

when they share sorrows, see the shards of war. Ourselves.

An Open Letter from the DreamYard Board of Directors

Senseless acts of racism and violence in our country continue to devastate, threaten and cut short the lives of our peoples and our communities. In this open letter, DreamYard's Board of Directors responds to the recent murder of two African Americans at a Kroger's grocery store and the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. And we remember the poignant words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that "In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there 'is' such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” As a community committed to anti-racism, we hold fast to these words and invite you to join us in acting upon the “fierce urgency of now."


Dear Friends,

During the month of October 2018 amid continued anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric, our nation suffered a tragic loss of human lives. In one solitary week, two African Americans were shot to death at a Kroger’s grocery store near Louisville, Kentucky. The man and woman were both in their late sixties and the gentleman was apparently with his twelve-year-old grandson. The 51-year old white supremacist accused of the murders tried to enter a predominantly black church nearby minutes before the shootings. Later the same week, in an event the Anti-Defamation League calls the largest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history, eleven people were murdered and six injured at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh by a man armed with an AR-15 and three handguns. Upon his arrest, he reportedly told authorities he was seeking to kill Jews.

Digi Notes - September 2018

Digi Notes - September 2018

This summer, an exhibit at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), called Defend Puerto Rico, highlighted emerging media works from artists from across the Puerto Rican diaspora. 

Out of necessity and frustration, the artists—who came from New York, California, and Florida, among other places—decided to travel to the island together, where they formed the Defend Puerto Rico Project (DefendPR), a transmedia collective with a mission to diversify, complicate, and enrich coverage of the Puerto Rican diasporic experience. Over the course of six trips together, DefendPR created a body of new work that took advantage of traditional and emerging media formats and technologies—like 360° video and augmented reality experiences—to illustrate experiences of Puerto Ricans across the diaspora.

Examples of their work can be found on the #DefendPR website, including this 360 video of a song performed in a gallery. If you click on the video you can drag the camera around to see the different performers. 

Can you think of a way we might use 360 video or other new forms of media to add to the #DefendPR campaign or tell the story of our community? Are there ways you could use the media on the #DefendPR website to inspire your students about what they might want to defend or protect? 

Updates from the Field: DreamYard Art Center

Updates from the Field: DreamYard Art Center

Creative Arts Therapy Team

This year the Art Center will be instituting an expanded Creative Arts Therapy initiative for all of the students and families of the Center. This initiative will provide therapy services through creative practices as an alternative to traditional talk psychotherapy. Students and families are welcome to create during our time together through visual arts, dance and other forms of creative expression that can function as therapeutic catalysts for personal and interpersonal development, self exploration and mental health maintenance.

Of course, our therapists are happy to provide traditional psychotherapy or talk therapy, but we like to operate outside the box and encourage our students and families to do the same.

The team is comprised of one full-time therapist, Sandralis Gines Gonzalez, and one part-time therapist, Yelimara Concepcion.

If you or your family need more resources please reach out to Sandralis Gines Gonzalez at sgines-gonzalez@dreamyard.com.

Bolstering Student Engagement in Paid Interest-Based Internships This Summer

As founding partners of HERE to HERE with The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation and Big Picture Learning, DreamYard is thrilled to share the incredible work of HERE to HERE and its network of 8 partner schools, community based organizations, and businesses in bolstering student engagement in internships this summer. With internships available in a wide range of industries—hospitality, healthcare, financial services, the arts and construction—young people will receive the hands-on career and life preparation that’s required to catapult their careers, strengthen their skills, and build their resumes. 

At Emoti-Con 2018, Bronx Design League Wins "Most Innovative" Award

At Emoti-Con 2018, Bronx Design League Wins "Most Innovative" Award

Through our partnership with Mouse and a grant from the National Science Foundation, DreamYard was able to form Bronx Design League, the first adaption of Mouse's Manhattan Design League, a "design and technology program in which high school students create inventions to make a positive impact on the lives of others."

On Saturday, June 16th, DreamYard Art Center's Bronx Design League had the opportunity to showcase their human-centered innovations at the youth conference Emoti-Con at the New York Public Library. Our young people presented their original work to judges from a variety of technology-focused companies like Datadog, Artsy.net, and Google.

May 2018: Celebrating our Art Center Students!

May 2018: Celebrating our Art Center Students!

ACTION Graduation

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The A.C.T.I.O.N. Project is a unique four-year program for high school students to engage with the community through the arts, leadership and critical literacy skills.  These young artivists explore social issues focusing on the root causes of oppression and developing powerful solutions for their community.  This year closed out the final year for our ACTION Unity Cohort, where all of our students graduated from the program and high school to continue on to college and beyond. We celebrated all of our students with food, awards, and more.

18th Annual DreamYard Benefit

18th Annual DreamYard Benefit

We hosted our 18th Annual Benefit at Capitale in NYC, honoring Caroline Kennedy and Roy Ryu, with special guest Assembly Member Michael Blake. Program included special guests via livestream from Poongsan High School in Korea, as well as performances from Bronx poets, Bronx Youth Chorus and DreamYard Prep HS chorus students.