DreamYard 2012
Project Category:Secondary Schools
Architect:H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
Completion Year:2012
Location:The Bronx, New York
DreamYard uses project-based arts learning to ignite the transformative spirit in youth, public schools and communities. As the largest arts education provider in the Bronx and one of the largest providers in the City,  DreamYard impacts the social and intellectual growth of thousands of K-12 students each year. 

DreamYard's school-based and out-of-school programs help young people pursue educational pathways toward higher learning and meaningful careers. The organization's programs include yearlong residencies for artists to teach and plan collaboratively with classroom teachers; Bronx Writes, a yearlong poetry slam residency program to teach students how to write and perform original poetry; BALC (Bronx Arts Learning Community),  a partnering of DreamYard with 14 K-12 Bronx public schools to build sustainable, continuous art service programs; and OSP (Out of School Programs) offering afterschool, Saturday and summer opportunities for teens.

FDA worked with H3 and DreamYard to provide design services to enhance their spaces to represent the creative spirit encouraged by the program.

The Center, located on the ground and lower levels of a housing development in the poorest congressional district in the country, is a vibrant community environment. Dreamyard fosters success through arts education, with programs including poetry and creative writing, fine arts, dance and theatre.