About Us

"DreamYard gave them the opportunity to think outside of the box."
– DY partner teacher

Mission

DreamYard uses the arts to inspire youth, public schools and communities. 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, DreamYard supports 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.

History

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

The

Art Of

Inspiration

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

 
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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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        Duke University, B.A.

        Jason Duchin, Co-Executive Director

        Jason Duchin

        Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director

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        Columbia University, M.S.W.; Fordham University, B.A.

        Carla Belinquete, Assoicate Director of Grants

        Carla Belinquete

        Associate Director of Grants and Institutional Relations

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        Ama Codjoe

        Ama Codjoe

        Associate Director of Professional Development

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        Rose Garcia, Office Manager

        Rose Garcia

        Office Manager

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        Harvard University, B.A.

        Cydney Gray, Digital Learning Programs Associate and Mentor

        Cydney Gray

        Art Center Programs Coordinator

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        Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S.; New York University - Tisch, B.A.

        Hillary Kolos, Director of Digital Learning Programs

        Hillary Kolos

        Director of Digital and Teen Programs

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        Syracuse University, B.F.A.

        Keith Kaminski

        Keith Kaminski

        Director of School Programs & Partnerships

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        University of California Santa Cruz, B.A.

        Yesenia Macedo, School Programs Coordinator

        Yesenia Macedo

        School Programs Coordinator

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        Columbia University, B.A.

        Ellen Marrone, Out of School Programs Associate

        Elle Marrone

        Art Center Programs Coordinator

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        Long Island University, M.S.; Hobart and William Smith College, B.A.

        Frances Sulle, Director of Finance and Operations

        Frances Sulle

        Director of Finance and Operations

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        CUNY Hunter College BA Sociology, New York University, Wagner School MPA Nonprofit & Government Management

        Allison Torres

        Allison E. Torres

        Outreach & College Advisory Manager

    • DreamYard Board of Directors 2014

      • Abby Turk

      • Andy Berndt

      • Ashley Goodale

      • Charles P. Lord

      • Chris Howe

      • Eb Gaines

      • Erickson Blakney

      • Helen Pardoe

      • 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

        Dance

      • Andrea Greene, Poetry

        Andrea Greene

        Poetry

      • Asma Feyijinmi, Dance

        Asma Feyijinmi

        Dance

      • Austin Greene, Visual Arts

        Austin Greene

        Visual Arts

      • Bobby DeJesus, Poetry

        Bobby de Jesus

        Poetry

      • 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

        Poetry

      • Dana Helwick, Visual Arts

        Dana Helwick

        Visual Arts

      • David Cimenello, Poetry

        David Cimenello

        Poetry

      • David Flores, Photography and Film

        David Flores

        Photography

      • Delia Alexander, Vocal and Instrumental Music

        Delia Alexander

        Vocal and Instrumental Music

      • Diana Evans, Visual Arts

        Diana Evans

        Visual Arts

      • Mount Holyoke College, B.A.; New York University, M.A. Educational Theater

        erin_ronder

        Erin Ronder

        Theater

      • Ellen Hagan, Poetry Department Coach

        Ellen Hagan

        Poetry Coach

      • Geri Hayes, School Programs Educational Consultant

        Geri Hayes

        School Programs Educational Consultant

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

        Moriah Carlson, Visual Arts Department Coach

        Moriah Carlson

        Visual Arts Department Coach

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