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Summer Arts Program 2021

BAX’s 2021 IN PERSON

Summer Arts Program!

July 12 to August 6

Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm

Program options for students entering grades 1st through 5th 

Flexible, week-long sessions

Sliding Scale Tiered Tuition

Creative Play at the BAX Building and Outdoors!

 

About the 2021 Summer Arts Program

At BAX, we foster creativity and encourage playful exploration in a positive and nurturing environment. Our Summer Arts Program (SAP) draws from our year-round education programs to provide young artists with opportunities to explore different forms of mixed media art and performance around a specific themed week thoughtfully designed for active and fun engagement. Arts Specialists teach daily workshops, while a well-trained, creative staff supports a healthy balance of fun indoor (at the BAX Building in spacious, well ventilated studios) and outdoor (in JJ Byrne Park) play, performance, and art-making activities. Children entering 1st through 5th grade participate in two different groups, organized by age: NanoBAXers (rising 1st and 2nd graders) and MegaBAXers (rising 3rd to 5th graders). 

Want to learn more? Join us at our Zoom Open House on Wednesday, April 7th at 5:30pm. RSVP HERE. 

Register By Week

Program WeekTheme & DescriptionNanos: Entering 1st & 2nd GradesMegas: Entering 3rd to 5th Grades
Week One 
July 12-16
Homelands & Heartlands 
Home is where the heart is! Through visual art, song, and movement, we’ll explore the places, people, and things that make our homelands unique and heartlands special.
Register NanosRegister Megas

Week Two 
July 19-23

Giving, Growing, Greening

With creativity, music, and collaboration we will explore how we each play a role in helping each other, our communities, and environments thrive! 

Register NanosRegister Megas

Week Three 
July 26-30

Map Makers & History Shapers
We will celebrate history shapers known and unsung, and chart our own course of places real and imagined using the power of our voice, feet, and imaginations.
Register NanosRegister Megas

Week Four 
August 2-6

Tall Tales of Today
What tall tales can we tell today?! From the BAX Building and JJ Byrne Park to the depths of our imaginations, we’ll use creative play, site-specific exploration, and art-making to tell the great adventures of our time.
Register NanosRegister Megas

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Program Schedule | Monday to Friday | 9:00am to 3:00pm (Drop Off may begin as early as 8:30am)

Sample Day – NanoBAXers

8:30-9:00am Drop OffBAX Building
9:00-9:30amMorning Meeting & WelcomingBAX Building
9:30-10:00amGroup Leader Led ActivitiesBAX Building
10:00-10:30amTransition to Park, Morning SnackJJ Byrne Park
10:30-11:30amPerforming Arts Specialist WorkshopJJ Byrne Park
11:30-12:00pmGroup Leader Led ActivitiesJJ Byrne Park
12:00-1:15pmLunch and PlayJJ Byrne Park
1:15-1:45pmTransition back to BAX, Afternoon SnackBAX Building
1:45-2:30pmVisual Arts WorkshopBAX Building
2:30-3:00pmEnd of Day ActivitiesBAX Building
3:00pmDismissalBAX Building

Sample Day – MegaBAXers

8:30-9:00am Drop OffBAX Building
9:00-9:30amMorning Meeting & WelcomingBAX Building
9:30-10:00amGroup Leader Led ActivitiesBAX Building
10:00-11:00amPerforming Arts Specialist WorkshopBAX Building
11:00-11:30amTransition to Park & Morning SnackJJ Byrne Park
11:30-12:00pmGroup Leader Led ActivitiesJJ Byrne Park
12:00-1:15pmLunch and PlayJJ Byrne Park
1:15-2:15pmVisual Arts WorkshopJJ Byrne Park
2:15-2:30pmTransition Back to BAXBAX Building
2:30-3:00pmEnd of Day ActivitiesBAX Building
3:00pmDismissalBAX Building

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COVID Safety and Community Commitments 

Welcome back to the BAX Building! The below information and included Building Guide will serve as a guide of BAX’s Covid-related safety protocols for the 2021 Summer Arts Program. Please take the time to read through it in its entirety to help us keep you and all of our community members safe. Questions? Feel free to email summer@bax.org 

Following CDC covid safety guidelines of at least 3 ft of social distance, groups will be limited to 12-15 children with three program staff assigned to each group: Group Leader, Lead Counselor, and Assistant, providing at least a 5:1 child-to-adult ratio. 

The Summer Arts Program will split its programming day between in-door studio time (spacious and well ventilated studios) and outdoor park program (JJ Byrne Park). In case of extreme weather (a “feels like” of 100+, under 30 degree weather, or severe rain), BAX will adjust the outdoor time to be predominantly indoors. BAX will utilize open windows, air purifiers, and AC ventilation, as necessary to maintain healthy and CDC recommended air-flow.  

Click here to view BAX’s full COVID-Safety Building Guide for Youth and Adult Programs. Families who enroll in SAP will receive a SAP-specific Building Guide Addendum as part of their Welcome Packet, which is sent two weeks prior to their program start date. 

Click here to view BAX’s 2021 Summer Arts Program Release Form and COVID-19 Waiver.

COMMUNITY COMMITMENTS 

  • Families agree that during the weeks their children are enrolled in the program that they will follow CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), New York State Department of Health, and NYC Department of Health guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing, to the best of their ability. 
  • Families will adhere to current New York State Guidelines for COVID-19 Travel Activity: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory 
  • Children also agree to follow CDC social distancing guidelines of 3-6 feet, to the best of their ability. 
  • Children must be tested for COVID-19 in the 72 hours prior to the start of each program week, and documentation of the negative result must be provided to BAX before or at drop off each Monday. If you need support finding free testing locations, please contact BAX Education (summer@bax.org) and we will assist you. 
  • Before drop off each day, families will need to e-submit a simple daily health screening form for their child. 
  • If a child begins to feel unwell (and in particular if they have a fever) during program hours, we will contact the parent/guardian so that the child can be picked up immediately. We will have the child wait in an isolated, supervised space at the BAX Building until they are picked up. 
  • If a child leaves the program because of an illness that includes any covid-symptom (see above), they will need to show proof of a negative COVID test before returning.
  • Masks will be worn at all times during the program, except when eating and drinking. If children need a brief “mask break” staff will be prepared to help them do this. 

STAFF EXPECTATIONS

All SAP direct program staff (Group Leaders, Lead Counselors, and BAX Admin Staff)…

  • Are following CDC building safety and vaccine guidelines and recommendations, to the best of their ability.  
  • Will comply with all stated Community Commitments including testing, health screenings, mask, travel, and following of national, state, and city guidelines. 
  • Staff agree to follow CDC social distancing guidelines of 3-6 feet to the best of their ability while also prioritizing the safety of the children for whom they are caring.  

A program phone and number will be shared with enrolled families so that they can contact the Group Leader and vice versa in case of emergency at any time during the program, including when the groups are outside. 

Accessibility

BAX is on the second and third floors of the building. Physical access is restricted due to stairwells that extend from the ground floor entrance to the building’s third floor. There is no elevator or ramp at this time. BAX is committed to finding ADA compliant solutions that open the spaces to all bodies. For accessibility requests or information, please contact info@bax.org.

During online registration, you will have the option to share any information with regards to accommodations, supports, and/or modifications that will help BAX staff best serve your child. Our teachers are experienced working with children with a variety of physical, cognitive, sensory, and socio/emotional needs and we are committed to collaborating with you to make our programs as accessible as possible. Please be as specific as you can be so that we can provide individualized and personal support for your child so that they will thrive in this program.

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What to Wear and What to Pack

What to WearWhat to Pack
  • Sunscreen 
  • Swimsuit (for water play activities; top and bottom preferable)
  • BAX T Shirt (each child will receive 2 BAX t shirts and be expected to wear this daily) 
  • Shorts
  • Comfortable, close toed shoes
  • Backpack with:  
    • Snacks and Lunch in an Insulated Lunch Box or Bag 
    • Reusable Water Bottle
    • Extra Sunscreen (spray preferable)
    • Full change of clothing
    • Extra Mask
    • Personal Hand Sanitizer 
  • Sun Hat/Baseball caps are encouraged 
  • Towel 

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