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In School Programs

Our collaborative partnership model builds on the knowledge and skills of teachers and their classroom communities. Using the arts as a dynamic tool to examine and facilitate curriculum, teachers, staff, and students leverage imagination and critical thinking for individual and collective transformation.

In School Programs place professional artist-educators in over 200 residencies at more than 45 Bronx public schools each year, combining standards-based arts instruction with social justice pedagogy via two different year-long program models:

IN SCHOOL ARTS RESIDENCY

A 30 week collaboration between a classroom teacher and a Teaching Artist to integrate social justice art education into the core curriculum.

AFTER SCHOOL ARTS RESIDENCY

A DreamYard Teaching Artist leads students through an in-depth, 30 week exploration of the art form through a social justice lens.

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Art Forms

Visual Art

Explore a variety of art techniques to produce innovative, original work that activates and celebrates.

Poetry

Speak back to the world! Explore poetic forms and performance techniques. Compete in the Poetry Slam for a chance to be crowned BronxWrites Champions.

Dance

Explore movement as expression while developing collaboration and performance skills.

Theater

Through the exploration of acting and production techniques, create unique pieces of theatre to open dialogue and transform community.

Music

Explore cultural and personal history through global beats! Record your lyrics or make your mark using drums, percussion instruments, or the latest audio technology.

Fashion

Design, construct and activate! Learn garment design, construction and style; create pieces that showcase your unique identity and highlight your cultural heritage.

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WHAT STUDENTS SAY

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Change is as hard as learning the violin but the music i’m making will bring my family together like music notes

— ARIANA RODRIGUEZ, PS 315

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My power comes from my culture and nationality. My people are adventurous, creative, adaptable, and traditional. You can find me in the green roots of the in the light blue water that spreads on the beach.

— Student, MS 593

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The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is — it’s to imagine what is possible.

— Bell Hooks

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Change is as hard as learning the violin but the music i’m making will bring my family together like music notes

— ARIANA RODRIGUEZ, PS 315

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Change is as hard as learning the violin but the music i’m making will bring my family together like music notes

— ARIANA RODRIGUEZ, PS 315