Mission StatementDreamYard collaborates with Bronx youth, families and schools to build pathways to equity and opportunity through the arts.
About DreamYardDreamYard Project is the largest arts provider in the Bronx, and uses project-based arts learning to ignite the transformative spirit in youth, public schools and communities. DreamYard’s school-based and out of school programs are based on 21st century learning and social justice pedagogy principals. Our work is aligned with the NYC Department of Education Blueprint for the Arts and the NY State Learning Standards, and encourages young people to pursue educational pathways toward higher learning, meaningful careers and social action. Our nationally recognized programming has grown tremendously in response to student interest and community need.
Co-Executive directors Jason Duchin and Tim Lord founded DreamYard in 1994. Since then, DreamYard has worked with more than 100 public schools and over 100,000 young people and families. DreamYard has developed a robust educational community in the Bronx – from its network of 45 partnering public schools including the DY Preparatory High School to year-long programs at the DY Art Center.
Our VisionTaking action through the arts to connect the Bronx as a model for equitable schools and communities
Our ApproachAt DreamYard art is action. Our In School Programs combine Standards-based arts instruction with social justice pedagogy principles to inspire students to develop character, scholarship and artistic voice to create change. Our core values of Empower, Create and Connect describe our commitment to teaching for equity, justice and hope. We strive to support students’ academic and artistic needs while working toward becoming an anti-racist society.
• Students engage in rigorous learning experiences with multiple entry points.• Projects empower students to develop voice and critically respond to the world.• We work to build community in the classroom to foster collaboration and leadership.
Program ModelsIn School Arts Residency - A DY teaching artist collaborates with an academic teacher to support their curriculum through rigorous art projects that deepen students’ understanding of academic content and allow them to demonstrate skills and knowledge in new ways. Includes thirty 90-minute sessions for one class plus 30 minutes of weekly planning and reflection time for the TA and their co-teacher, also includes curriculum materials and a materials budget.
After School Arts Company - A DY teaching artist leads a group of 15-20 students in a rigorous, project-based exploration of the art form. Students produce original works about topics that are relevant to their lives that also illustrate their skills and knowledge of the art form. Includes sixty 90-minute sessions plus preparation time for culminating events, curriculum materials, and a materials budget.