General Information

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BAX’s overarching mission is to support artists-in-progress of all ages and throughout all stages of development. In this spirit, BAX has constructed an environment where children study and professional artists create and perform work in the same building.

Taught by professional and nurturing faculty, BAX’s Youth Education Department provides expert instruction in building technical skills in dance, theater, and tumbling with an emphasis on cultivating creative expression. Each year we offer over 45 classes and serve over 1000 students, ages 1-18, in the BAX Building. Our programs encompass five core values — skill-building, creative choice, collaboration, performance, and community – and include a broad range of youth classes, performances and festivals. At BAX, no student is turned away based on the inability to pay. We offer scholarship assistance for all of our education programs, and approximately 20% of the student population receives some level of financial assistance.

Education Department Staff

Lucia SchecknerDirector of Education & Artist Programslucia@bax.org
Ashley R. Thaxton-StevensonEducation Managerashley@bax.org
Andrew JannettiSchool Breaks Directorandrew@bax.org
Donna CostelloEducation Programs Consultant
and Lead Facilitator

Beyond Our Walls- Arts in Education Residency Programs

As part of BAX’s mission to ensure access to the arts to all members of our community, we extended our education programs beyond our building amd into public schools and community centers. For more than 20 years, we have provided nearly 1,500 students a year with weekly dance, movement and theater instruction in public, private nursery and charter schools for grades Pre K-12th throughout the borough of Brooklyn. These programs are an extension of BAX’s commitment to developing creative artists and thinkers and to providing high quality performing arts education that is tailor-made for each school community. READ MORE


BAX is located at 421 Fifth Avenue (and 8th Street) in Park Slope, Brooklyn.


9:00am – 10:30pm Daily
Closed for all major holidays (New Years Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas)
Hours and closing dates subject to change.

Mailing Address

Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 421 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: (718) 832-0018 | Fax: (718) 832-9189 | E-mail us at: info@bax.org.

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We are easily accessible via the F or G train to Fourth Avenue or the R train to 9th Street.

The B75, B77, and B63 buses stop at the corner of 9th Street and Fifth Avenue.


From the Manhattan Bridge: Follow Flatbush Avenue to Fourth Avenue. Make a right on Fourth Avenue to Ninth Street. Make a left one block to Fifth Avenue. Turn left one block to 8th Street.

From the Brooklyn Bridge: Follow Boerum Place to Atlantic Avenue. Make a left on Atlantic Avenue. Turn right on Fourth Avenue and follow directions above.

Brooklyn Queens Expressway:

From West
Take 38th Street Exit. Go straight to Fourth Avenue. Make a left. Go down approx. 19 blocks to Ninth St. Turn left one block to Fifth Avenue. Make a left one block to 8th Street.

From East
Take Atlantic Avenue Exit and follow Brooklyn Bridge directions.


There is two-hour parking available on 8th St, one-hour parking on Fifth Avenue, and side street alternate side parking. There is ample parking in the evenings after 7:00pm.

BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange receives generous support from the following donors:


The National Endowment for the Arts
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council
Council Member Brad Lander


Astoria Bank
Bay and Paul Foundations
Con Edison
Copper Beech Foundation
Corcoran Cares
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Eileen Fisher Inc.
The Harkness Foundation for Dance
Marta Heflin Foundation
Houlihan Lokey
The Jerome Foundation
The Jerome Robbins Foundation
The Scott Klein Team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate
M&T Charitable Foundation
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Mertz-Gilmore Foundation
Park Slope Civic Council
The Pritchard Family Foundation
The Scherman Foundation
Sustainable Arts Foundation

… and our generous individual donors.