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My Experience at "The Bronx is Being..."

My Experience at "The Bronx is Being..."

DreamYard had the amazing opportunity to exhibit student and community artworks at the Tisch Illumination Fund space in New York City. The exhibit showcased works from the Bronx Art Collective (the Art Center’s Saturday out-of-school program), and community artwork that the Illumination Fund has generously supported, including glass mosaics at Hayden Lord Park and murals on 165th Street in the Bronx.  

The exhibit, “The Bronx is Being...,” highlighted DreamYard's commitment to showcasing the beauty of the Bronx and nourishing it by building communities through art.

The opening event for the show included spoken word poetry by two students, Alondra Uribe and Brianna Alicea, who spoke of their experiences of living in The Bronx and what it meant to them and to the people around them. As a former-participant-turned-intern at DreamYard, I was able to participate and help put together this amazing exhibit. It was exhilarating to see my mural, “Women of the Bronx,” which I created years prior while a student at the DreamYard Art Center, become a part of the space with other amazing artworks. It solidified my belief that if an artist makes work to uplift others and bring obscured issues into the light, it won't be forgotten. As part of the Bronx Art Collective, I worked hard every Saturday to make art that was compelling and meaningful to me and the community --  and to see it years later still relevant to DreamYard and its mission in The Bronx is extremely rewarding.

Macy's Give Back Day in the Bronx

Macy's Give Back Day in the Bronx

Last week, DreamYard participated in Macy's Annual Give Back Day. For months we have worked with their team, DY Prep High School staff, the DOE and the principals at the Taft Educational Campus to create a wishlist of repairs and upgrades to the school that would be completed by both professional Macy's contractors and volunteers while students were off on their summer vacations. 

Traveling Near and Far

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.