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BAX Youth Education


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Empowering young artists to tell

their own stories.

BAX Youth Education provides expert instruction in building skills in dance, theater and tumbling. At BAX, students develop improvisation, original composition and performance skills while working independently and in collaboration. At the end of the fall and spring terms, our student concerts showcase original class work in the BAX theater. The concerts serve as an exciting and important opportunity for all our students to experience being on stage and practice the art of performance.

BAX Youth Education:

Philosophy & Core Values

BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange welcomes students, families, faculty and artists to BAX, an organization with a core commitment to social justice. In keeping with BAX’s mission to “encourage artistic risk taking and stimulate dialogue among diverse constituencies” we intentionally and purposefully support the voices of under-represented individuals and groups of all origins, ages, abilities, races, sexual orientations, and genders including trans identified individuals, or those with varied immigration statuses.

Our Youth Education programs encompass five core teaching and learning goals and values that inform class curriculum, faculty teaching practices and professional development, special events, and festivals. These goals and core teaching and learning values are listed here in no particular order:

Community

BAX students, families, and faculty play a vital role in establishing the culture and values of BAX. We celebrate diversity of identity, awareness of different roles and experiences, and strive to create opportunities for exchange among students/families, professional artists, the greater BAX community, and beyond. We believe that by creating class communities built on genuine exchange and empathy, children will be inspired to continue making meaningful connections in their communities at home, in their neighborhood, school, and the world.

Creative Choice

BAX cultivates authentic voice and artistic expression by supporting each individual student and meeting them where they are. By creating a healthy platform to explore creative risk-taking, improvisation, and artistry, BAX classes generate and present original material by young artists.

Collaboration

BAX classes create a brave space for students to work independently, in partners, and as an ensemble. BAX classes work to build trust, community, and perspective, exploring many entry points into working collaboratively. To do this, BAX faculty question the historically hierarchical dynamics between teachers and students and reimagine the studio as a space for decentralized exchanges. Collaboration among families is also central at BAX. We partner with parents as part of our philosophy of collective caretaking.

Skill Building

BAX classes teach skills in technique, improvisation, art making and performance while understanding cultural influences and attending to the social and emotional well-being of each student and the class as a whole. History, technique, and vocabulary are introduced while using adaptive teaching practices to meet students “where they are,” in the disciplines of dance, drama, and tumbling.

Performance

BAX celebrates dance, drama, and tumbling as performing arts and values the opportunity for students to present work in front of an audience. Students have the chance to “practice” performance and are encouraged as authors to share their voice publicly. As BAX students develop and hone performance skills, they also learn how to observe, reflect, and comment on work. In this way, performance becomes understood as a critical part of the generative process rather than its end.

2017-2018 BAX Professional Development material has been created by the BAX Youth Education Department in collaboration with Donna Costello, BAX Education Programs Consultant and Lead Facilitator.

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  • BAX/BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE RECEIVES GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING DONORS:
    PUBLIC FUNDS
    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
    Bank United
    The Bay and Paul Foundations
    Con Edison
    The Copper Beech Foundation
    Corcoran Cares
    The Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
    Houlihan Lokey
    M&T Charitable Foundation
    The Pritchard Family Foundation
    Sterling National Bank
    The Beth M. Uffner Arts Fund
    … and our generous individual donors.