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Brooklyn Academy of Music Youth and Community Initiatives

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $745,125)

Brooklyn Academy of Music's (BAM) Education and Humanities Programs serve approximately 14,000 young people annually through school-time performances, school-based and on-site initiatives, and collaborative projects with community-based organizations such as the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

BAM's Educational Programs include: 1) Brooklyn Reads, a literacy project for childrenand their families in Brooklyn schools 2)a film literacy program for high school students;3) Shakespeare Teaches, an in-school arts residency program for students and teachers that focuses on innovative approaches to Shakespeare. BAM's will implement its mainstage Community Program that provide opportunities for young people from the predominantly African-American Brooklyn neighborhoods that are adjacent to BAM, to learn about and celebrate their cultural heritage with their families and peers.


Brooklyn Academy of Music will provide arts based educational programs to at risk students and their families in Brooklyn, NY. Educational programs such as Brooklyn Reads, a literacy project for children in Brooklyn schools and their families; the screening series, a film literacy program for high school students; Shakespeare Teaches, an in-school arts residency program for students and teachers are provided in workshops that focus on reading improvement and enhancing the appreciation of arts performance or film. Brooklyn Academy of Music's goal is to improve the educational achievement of students through the use of arts programs. In addition, BAM will collaborate with public and private groups, such as the Bedford Stuyvesant restoration Corporation to develop a community initiative. The performance measures of this program include increased understanding of performance and improved reading skills of the participants.


The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)will work with local and national community arts organizations to develop programming after-school and on weekends focused on educating at-risk Brooklyn young people about the intricacies of the criminal and juvenile justice system through literary and cinema arts. A partnership will be developed with the Redhook Youth Court in Brooklyn specifically focusing on the youthful offenders. BAM has extensive experience in creative education program development and is currently investigating opportunities with partners such as the Brooklyn Arts Council, Redhook Community Justice Center, and Sundance Institute. Programming already developed for previous years that will be extremely relevant in this context is a joint film-literary program centered on Reginald Rose's classic examination of courtroom deliberation and the role of the justice system in American society, 12 Angry Men. As part of the program, students will receive and read a copy of the play, watch Sidney Lumet's cinematic adaptation starring Henry Fonda, and participate in multiple in-school workshops offering extensive analysis led by BAM teaching artists. In order to make this experience an intensely personal one and encourage students to truly grapple with the themes central to 12 Angry Men, the program will also require participants to write scenes and monologues inspired by the work, which they would then act out with teaching artists. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 29, 2003