New York, NY: DreamYard Art Center

The DreamYard Art Center is located in the Morrisania neighborhood of the South Bronx and serves young people from across the borough as well as Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our programs are rooted in art and social justice practices and include arts and activism, visual arts, theater, digital music, fashion, Maker and poetry.

The DreamYard Art Center was able to grow in size, program offerings, and access to digital tools as part of the YOUmedia network. The expansion will help young people more deeply explore our core beliefs of artistic voice, social justice and community engagement through digital learning tools and practices, as well as space to collaborate and hang out, mentorship from practicing artists, and access to the tools that will help them express their voice in the digital age. Programs created since becoming a YOUmedia site include: digital music production, photo/video production, fashion, and Open Studio.

Dream I. Y.: DreamYard’s Middle School Maker Program

Dream I. Y. was DreamYard’s pilot maker program for 7th and 8th graders that ran over the course of 14 weeks, Mondays, 4PM – 6PM in the Spring of 2012. The Dream I. Y. staff consisted of two teaching artists (one with maker tool expertise, the other with a visual arts background) and a college-aged intern. Read the rest »

DreamYard Ribbon Cutting event photos

Our Ribbon Cutting event for the YOUmedia expansion of the DreamYard Art Center took place on Oct. 23, 2012. We were honored to have Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, members of our community and Hive NYC, and representatives from IMLS, ULC and our funders: JPMorgan Chase Foundation, John D. Read the rest »

Huffington Post teen blog by DreamYard participant, Gabbie Bowen

During DreamYard’s Fashion Week program, Gabbie Bowen, a DreamYard photo/video participant, created a mini Fashion Week documentary. The HIVE then asked DreamYard if Gabbie would be interested in writing a piece for HIVE NYC for the Huffington Post’s teen blog section. Read the rest »