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School Breaks Arts Programs

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Our School Breaks Arts Programs offer enriching and fun opportunities for young students during their time away from school.

The President’s Week, Spring Break and Summer Arts Programs foster creativity, encourage exploration, and provide a positive and nurturing environment. Drawing on BAX’s year-round education programs, students explore different disciplines (including circus, dance, music, theater, tumbling, and visual arts), while balancing fun creative play activities throughout the day/week.

BAX also offers daylong intensive Master Classes for young artists ages 10-14 that coincide with the Spring Break Arts Program. These exciting classes provide students with an opportunity to explore BAX’s signature Theater, Modern Dance, and AcroBAX tumbling programming with BAX Faculty. Students are expected to have prior experience with their chosen discipline (minimum of two prior classes). For more information about these master classes, click HERE.

PROGAMSDATESAGESSCHEDULES & REGISTRATION
2018 President's Week Arts ProgramMonday, Feb. 19- Friday, Feb. 23, 2018Grades K-5thProgram Schedule & Registration
2018 Spring Break Arts ProgramMonday, Apr. 2- Friday, Apr. 6, 2018Grades K-5thProgram Schedule & Registration
2018 Spring Break Master ClassesTuesday, Apr.3-Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018Ages 10-14Program Schedule & Registration
2018 Summer Arts ProgramMonday, Jul. 2 - Friday, Aug. 17, 2018Entering Grades K-6thProgram Schedule & Registration

Program Staff:

Our School Breaks Director, Andrew Jannetti is a full-time dance educator with the NYC DOE and the President of the New York State Dance Education Association. His choreography has been presented at venues throughout New York, and he has been teaching and directing programs at BAX since our doors opened in 1991.

Group core staff includes Group Leaders who are experienced early childhood and youth educators with a background in arts facilitation. Counselors are youth in high school, college or recent graduates with a background and early career interest in education and the arts. (Many of our counselors are former BAX students themselves!)
2018 Summer Staff

Guest arts specialists are professional artists who are highly experienced teaching artists, many of whom are on BAX’s regular teaching staff.

BAX is proud to have a high return of staff each year and has an excellent staff to child ratio (at least 1:6).

The program is overseen by the School Breaks Director and Education Department staff:

Program Staff  
Andrew JannettiSchool Breaks Directorandrew@bax.org
Lucia SchecknerEducation Directorlucia@bax.org
Ashley R. Thaxton-StevensonEducation Managerashley@bax.org
Donna Costello(SBAP trainer) Education Programs Consultant
and Lead Facilitator
donna@bax.org

How it Works:

We offer flexible registration to meet your scheduling needs. Sign up by the day for our President’s Week and Spring Break Arts Programs, and by the week for our Summer Arts Programs.

No particular talent or experience necessary. We welcome all curious and creative students! If your child has special needs, please let us know upon registering so we can work with you to determine our program capacity and ensure a safe and quality program experience.  

  • Drop off begins at 8:30am
    (Early Bird Drop-Off option available at 8:00am for Summer Arts Program only.)
  • Program runs from 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Optional Extended Day runs from 3:00-5:45pm

Students bring their own lunch. BAX supplies two healthy snacks a day of crackers and fruit.

During the Summer Arts Program, students go outside each day to enjoy lunch and playtime in the nearby JJ Byrne Playground and Old Stone House sports field (between 3rd and 4th Streets on 5 Avenue).

Extended Day:

We offer Extended Day Programming to families who prefer a later pick up. During the Extended Day Period, participants will continue to engage in collaborative arts-based activities! Families can enroll in this optional program by the day.

  • $20 per student/per day (Must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance. Limited space available.)
  • Program runs from 3:00-5:45pm. Students can be picked up at any time.

(During the summer, GigaBAXers do not need to register for Extended Day on Friday as they have extending program hours until 5:45. See the Performance and Gallery Schedule below.)

Click HERE for registration policies.

Summer Early Bird Drop-Off:

During the Summer Arts Program, we offer Early-Bird Drop Off at 8:00am. Spots are extremely limited and families must enroll by the week. Students are encouraged to bring breakfast to enjoy while waiting for the day’s programming to begin at 8:30am.

  • $100 per student/per day (Must be reserved before the start of the relevant program week. Limited space available.)
  • Due to the July 4th holiday, the fee for Week 1 (only 4 days) will be $80 per student/per day.

Click HERE for registration policies.

Summer Performances & Galleries:


During the Summer Arts Program, each week culminates with an opportunity for students to showcase the work, projects, and creations that they have developed during the week. We invite family members and caretakers to attend these informal showings.

NanoBAXers Gallery (Theater) – ​Thursday at 2:30pm
MegaBAXers Gallery (Theater) – ​Friday at 2:30pm
GigaBAXers Gallery (​Theater​) – ​Friday at ​5:15​pm

What Parents Are Saying:

“The staff at BAX is extremely well organized and friendly. They are creative, kind individuals who understand each child’s needs. My daughter was originally enrolled for two days and begged for two more. “

“My son loves BAX so much. He takes classes there and attending the school breaks program is an added bonus. He was usually one to complain about not being free to do what he wants on school breaks, but with BAX there are no complaints. He wants to attend every day and pleads with me for extended day.”

“Last summer we only did one week of BAX camp and a few other weeks at another camp. This year BAX was the ONLY camp my girls wanted to do and wished that they had signed up for more than two sessions! Thanks for putting together such a quality program and delivering it with such enthusiasm and excitement!”

“Jack comes home every day and recites what he learned that day. He’s really engaged!”

“Both my children loved their week at BAX, but my son Elliott had a particularly special experience. He wept on his last day; hugging counselors and crying. He did not want to leave. On the car ride home he continued to sob, clutching the BAX brochure to his chest and whimpering, “BAX. BAX. Milo. Milo.” Clearly the BAX Summer Arts Program made a lasting impression. Amazing. Thank You.”

“My son had a wonderful camp experience. He attended all 7 weeks of camp which worked very well for our family. He adores his counselors and counselors-in-training (CITs). He really responded well to the gentle approach to dealing with any discipline issues. He said that one day he’d like to become a CIT. We’ll be back for sure.”

“The diversity of creative programming exposes my daughter to the arts in a way that invites participation and imagination. My daughter has learned a great deal of information although it is presented as pure fun. She appreciates the information that is conveyed in a way that does not undermine her intellect and it, in fact, engenders her creative growth and confidence.”

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  • BAX/BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE RECEIVES GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING DONORS:
    PUBLIC FUNDS
    National Endowment for the Arts
    New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
    NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council
    Council Member Brad Lander
    PRIVATE FUNDS
    Jody and John Arnhold
    Astoria Bank
    Bank United
    The Bay and Paul Foundations
    Con Edison
    The Copper Beech Foundation
    Corcoran Cares
    The Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
    Douglas Elliman Real Estate
    Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
    Eileen Fisher Inc.
    Fund for the City of New York
    The Harkness Foundation for Dance
    Houlihan Lokey
    The Jerome Foundation
    The Jerome Robbins Foundation
    The Scott Klein Team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate
    M&T Charitable Foundation
    Mertz-Gilmore Foundation
    Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
    The Pritchard Family Foundation
    The Scherman Foundation
    Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust
    Sterling National Bank
    The Beth M. Uffner Arts Fund
    … and our generous individual donors.