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CALL FOR MAKERS – DreamYard’s Maker Institute, April 25-27 DEADLINE: February 29

A free three-day training for makers and design educators
April 25-27, 2016
Applications due, Monday, Feb 29

Making is growing at DreamYard through our expanded Maker Program.
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.

How to Apply:

To apply to DreamYard’s Maker Institute please fill out this online application by Monday, February 29th. Any questions can be sent to Hillary Kolos, Director of Digital Learning at

More Information:

DreamYard will be hosting a three-day intensive Maker Institute for makers and design educators on April 25-27. We are seeking applicants who identify as active makers/designers, and have an interest in teaching and social justice. If you are a Bronx-based maker, great! If you are interested in teaching in the Bronx, great!

Participation in the institute is free and an application is required. Accepted participants must commit to the entire institute which runs from Monday, April 25th through Wednesday, April 27th, 10am-4pm. Lunch will be provided each day, as well as all materials and resources.

Goals of the Institute:

Maker @ DY : 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 (think: game design, fashion, wearables, physical computing!)

Hands-On Learning : Each participant will develop a hands-on, creative lesson/project rooted in social justice and his/her own maker practice.

Maker Jam : 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.

Community Building : The institute will also be a chance to learn how to build a positive and supportive community in the classroom and a chance to network with maker and design peers.



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.