School Breaks Arts Programs

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

The Presidents’ 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, 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.

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, BAX will not be running our School Breaks Arts Programs (Presidents’ Week and Spring Break) in 2021. We do, however, intend to run our 2021 Summer Arts Program. Depending on health and safety circumstances, we hope to run the summer as a hybrid of in-person programming (outdoors and in the BAX studios) from July 12-August 6. Please look out for more details in the late winter/early-spring.

Additionally, stay tuned in January for more information about our exciting (and free) 2021 YouthWorkSTREAMS program, which will take place as both an in-person and virtual program during the week of Spring Break (March 29 through April 2, 2020).

To learn about the program’s history, please see program details from 2020 below:


2020 Presidents'
Week Arts Program (PWAP)

Registration opens Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Program runs Tuesday, Feb. 18- Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.
Grades K-5thRegistration has ended.

2020 Spring Break
Arts Program (SBAP)

Registration opens Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Program runs Monday, Apr. 13- Friday, Apr. 17, 2020
Grades K-5thRegistration has ended.

2020 Spring Break
Master Classes

Registration opens Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Program runs Tuesday, Apr. 14 - Thursday, Apr. 16, 2020
Ages 10-14Registration has ended.

2020 Virtual Summer Arts Program

Monday, Jul. 13 - Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020

Entering Grades K-6thRegistration has ended.

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!)
2019 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

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
  • 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 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.”