WHAT WE'RE DOING DURING SCHOOL CLOSINGS:
our new after-school "Virtual Active Arts Academy"

Building on the unexpectedly great success of our first-ever "Virtual Summer Drama Camp" in August (see the picture below) we have developed a new after school "Virtual Active Arts Academy" that will be launching mid-October for kids ages 10-18. Classes will be in 5-week sessions two afternoons a week in two 'Companies' - 10-12 year olds and 13-18 year olds -- all taught by some of our top teaching artists. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! -- for full info, including a sample schedule and our teaching artist roster, CLICK HERE

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The culminating event of the summer “Virtual Drama Camp” was the BAYFEST Virtual Character Bazaar (above), where weird and wonderful characters sold incredibly rare and valuable items like dream-catchers, whale stuffies, invisible-writing pens, a small plastic bird that controls time, and MUCH MUCH more! See a video about the program and about half-way through you can enter the Bazaar yourself:

Please download the information sheet and other info about our after-school “Virtual Active Arts Academy” CLICK HERE.

NEW SKILLS VIDEOS FOR OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE STUCK AT HOME! CHECK THEM OUT:

Etienne Cakpo of Gansango Music and Dance teaches African Dance:
“Wedou-Wedou”
Asymmetrics — Exercises for the brain!
music: “Elephants on Parade” by Podington Bear
From the Free Music Archive, CC BY-NC
FINGER ASYMMETRICS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syXWV8DnUEg

OUR MISSION

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BAYFEST’s mission is to “Develop the Extraordinary Potential of Youth through Dramatic and Active Arts.” We believe that storytelling, movement, rhythm and kinesthetic learning are a vital part of students’ education, and a powerful force in helping all young people learn communications skills, use their imagination to its fullest, build empathy and a ‘growth mindset’ and honor their own and other’s stories. Embedded in all the work we do is the goal of addressing racial, gender, and equity issues in direct and dynamic ways that lift up and empower all the young people we work with – especially those who come from low- income and underserved populations. To further these goals, we ensure that our staff of teaching artists always reflects the diversity of the youth we serve, and we always aim for the highest level of culturally responsive teaching. Although we work with students ages 5 through teen years, we have a particular focus on helping our adolescent participants navigate the inevitable challenges they face in these years of incredible growth, change and growing social awareness. Complementing all the direct work we do with youth, our professional development training gives K-12 educators powerful tools to integrate active arts into their curriculum to transform their classrooms, sustain their own energy and enjoyment, and advance student success and learning.


PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH

• In-school and after school K-12 drama, rhythm and movement skills classes. More…

• In-school and after-school original performance-development projects. More…

• In-class sessions with BAYFEST teaching artists to stage class plays or work on movement and rhythm. More…

• Summer intensives for teens 14-19. More…

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PROGRAMS FOR EDUCATORS

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• In-class sessions with BAYFEST teaching artists to train individual classroom teachers in using kinesthetic-learning exercises in the classroom, including staging a class play, exploring STEM curriculum, social-emotional learning, etc. More…

• All-staff professional development sessions focusing on issues of interest and concern to particular schools, including social-emotional learning curriculum enhancements, addressing racial and gender equity, exercises that focus on students with learning differences, as well as active and fun staff team-building sessions. More…

About BAYFEST Youth Programs

Fall 2018 Personal Narratives


SPONSORS

We couldn’t do the work we do without all our wonderful individual donors (too numerous to list here…) and especially our major sponsors, below. THANKS to ALL!

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