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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.

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.