About Us

"Being involved in an environment like this sparks the mind and the soul."
– Kristy, participant


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

DreamYard programs develop artistic voice, nurture young peoples’ desire to make change and cultivate the skills necessary to reach positive goals. By committing to sustained learning opportunities along an educational pathway, we support young people as they work toward higher learning, meaningful careers and social action. We believe that young people in the Bronx need a continuous set of supports to help them towards positive outcomes as they navigate their educational pathway. We have every expectation that through offering sustained and meaningful supports our youth will develop the tools to become creative and engaged citizens, life-long learners and the leaders and innovators of the 21st century.


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!

The DreamYard Team


Art Of


Dreamyard uses project-based arts learning to ignite the transformative spirit in youth, public schools and communities.

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        Duke University, B.A.

        Jason Duchin, Co-Executive Director

        Jason Duchin

        Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director

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        Brown University, B.A.;
        The American Conservatory Theater, M.F.A.

        Tim Lord, Co-Executive Director

        Tim Lord

        Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director

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        Boston University, B.A.; John Jay College, M.A.

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        Rachel Bogin

        Director of Individual & Corporate Relations

      • Wellesley College, B.A.; New York Studio School, Certificate Program

        Moriah Carlson, Visual Arts Department Coach

        Moriah Carlson

        Department Director, Visual Arts and Maker

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        Concordia College, B.S.

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        Michelle Clarke

        Finance Manager

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        Ama Codjoe

        Ama Codjoe

        Director, DreamYard Art Center

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        Jossalyn Collado

        Art Center Program Associate

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        Arizona State University, B.A. Lehman College, M.A New York University, M.A

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        Kristen Engfors

        School Programs Coordinator

      • Florida A & M University, MA Business Administration

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        Rajeeyah Finnie-Myers

        Associate Director of Professional Development

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        Rose Garcia, Office Manager

        Rose Garcia

        Office Manager

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        Nanya-Akuki Goodrich

        School Programs Coordinator

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        Lisa Green

        Department Director, Dance and Music

    • DreamYard Board of Directors 2016

      • Abby Turk

      • Andy Berndt

      • Ashley Goodale

      • Charles P. Lord

      • Chris Howe

      • Eb Gaines

      • Erickson Blakney

      • Ethan Hawke

      • Helen Pardoe

      • Ian Madover

      • Leslie Rylee

      • Lisa Giuffra Diaz

      • Marina Purcell

      • Mark-Anthony Edwards

      • Matthew Carpenter

      • Patricia Perez (Board President)

      • Peter Duchin

      • Philip Seymour Hoffman (2002-2014)

      • Robin Skye

      • Samantha Magistro

      • Ted Owen

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        Alicia Wargo

        Principal DreamYard Preparatory School

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        Ayanna Williams

        Co-Department Head, Dance Teacher

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        Brandon Magid

        Musical Theater Teacher

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        Haymeé Salas

        Co-Department Head, Visual Arts Teacher

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        Javier Gonzalez

        Theater Teacher

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        Katie Stodd

        Theater Teacher

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        Noah Lethbridge

        Vocal Music Teacher

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        Rod Bowen

        Founding Principal DreamYard Preparatory School

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        Sydnie L. Mosley


      • Andrea Greene, Poetry

        Andrea Greene


      • Austin Greene, Visual Arts

        Austin Greene

        Visual Arts

      • Bobby DeJesus, Poetry

        Bobby de Jesus


      • Carla Repice, Visual Arts

        Carla Repice

        Visual Arts

      • Howard University, B.F.A.; University of Michigan, M.A.; Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts, Summer Internship

        Catrina Ganey, Poetry

        Catrina Ganey


      • David Cimenello, Poetry

        David Cimenello


      • David Flores, Photography and Film

        David Flores


      • Janille Hill, Dance

        Janille Hill


      • Jose Olivares, Digital Learning Programs Mentor

        Jose Olivares

        Audio Production and Maker

      • Kenny Finkle, Theater

        Kenny Finkle


      • Lisa Prives, Visual Arts

        Lisa Prives

        Visual Arts

      • Lori Brown-Niang, Theater

        Lori Brown-Niang


DreamYard Project | 1085 Washington Avenue Ground Floor Bronx, NY 10456 | Tel: (718) 588.8007