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Dec 09, 2015

National Guild member DreamYard was recently featured in an article in The New Yorker. The article, “Bronx Dreams: A Community Project to Change the World with Art,” by Ian Frazier, details the success DreamYard has had in building an arts ed community in the Bronx, NY. Frazier writes:

"Of the kids who participate long-term in the center’s on-site programs, ninety-eight per cent graduate from high school and go on to college—an achievement, considering that the over-all rate of high-school graduation in the Bronx is just above fifty percent. In 2012, DreamYard won a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award as one of the best out-of-school arts programs in the country. Michelle Obama presented the award at the White House. In the center’s street windows are pictures of people from DreamYard posing with her and looking ecstatic."

Read the entire article here.

About DreamYard

Two decades ago, DreamYard was just an idea; one sparked by a group of young people who wrote a play about a place where kids could go to dream. Now, it has developed into the largest arts organization in the Bronx drawing on the amazing talents of the young people and families in the neighborhoods surrounding the DreamYard Art Center and in a network of partnering Bronx public schools including the DreamYard Preparatory High School. Based on core values of Artistry, Character, Empowerment, and Scholarship, and aligned with the NYC Department of Education Blueprint for the Arts and the NY State Learning Standards, our programs encourage young people to pursue educational pathways toward higher learning, meaningful careers and social action. We currently impact the social and educational development of 8,500 young people, from Kindergarten to 12th grade, across 42 public schools and at the Art Center!

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