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CALL FOR ARTISTS – DreamYard’s Maker Institute – Applications due, Monday, March 6

DreamYard’s Maker Institute

A free three-day training for maker educators in the Bronx

April 10-12, 2017

Applications due, Monday, March 6, 2017

DreamYard encourages young people in the Bronx to radically innovate and create the future through our Maker programs.

Join us for three days of free professional development to explore DreamYard’s unique approach to teaching maker through an art-based, social justice lens.
Apply today to explore what is possible with DreamYard!

More Information:
DreamYard is hosting our second annual, Maker Institute – a three-day intensive teaching artist training from April 10 to April 12. Click here to see a video of last year’s Maker Institute.

DreamYard seeks applicants who identify as active makers, artists, and/or educators and have some experience using creative technologies (physical computing, 3D design/printing, soft circuits, coding, etc) in their teaching or artmaking process. The Maker Institute will introduce participants to DreamYard’s approach to making, which integrates both art and social justice pedagogy, as well as support the development of new creative technology skills and creation of projects that are inspired by the communities we work with in the Bronx.

Participation in the institute is free and an application is required. Accepted participants must commit to the entire institute which runs from Monday, April 10th through Wednesday, April 12th, 10am-4pm. Lunch will be provided each day, as well as all materials and resources.

DreamYard actively works to broaden the definition of “making” and who is seen as a “maker.” We strongly encourage applicants who are from groups underrepresented in STEAM fields, as well as applicants who live in the Bronx and/or who work with under-served communities.

Goals of the Institute:

Share DreamYard’s Maker Approach : Participants will learn about DreamYard’s unique approach to maker education, which integrates social justice and art into a wide range of making and design practices.

Practice Hands-On Learning with Creative Tech : Each participant will develop a collaborative hands-on, creative project rooted in social justice and their own maker practice.

Build Community : Participants will learn how to build a positive and supportive community in the classroom and have a chance to network with maker and design peers. On the final day of the institute, we will host young people and other community members to participate in a Maker Jam event. The Jam will be a chance for guests to experience the projects developed by the participants and for participants to experience the results of their lesson planning in real time.

How to Apply:

To apply to DreamYard’s Maker Institute please fill out this online application by Monday, March 6, 2017. Any questions can be sent to Hillary Kolos, Director of Digital Learning at


The Institute will take place at the DreamYard Art Center – 1085 Washington Avenue, Bronx, NY 10456. We are accessible via MTA bus from the B/D trains (167th St) and the 2/5 trains (3rd Ave-149th St). The Art Center is wheelchair accessible, and we welcome folks of any national or ethnic origin, documentation status, gender, or sexual orientation.

About DreamYard:

The DreamYard Project collaborates with Bronx youth, families and schools to build pathways to equity and opportunity through the arts. DreamYard 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 principles. 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.