Youth Education Core Values for Teaching and Learning

BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange is a multigenerational arts organization nurturing creative expression and artistic process through education, residencies, and performance at the intersection of arts and social justice.

Our Youth Education programs encompass five core teaching and learning goals and values that inform our program choices, class curriculum, faculty teaching practices, and professional development.

BAX Youth Education Core Values venn diagram graphic.


BAX students, families, and faculty play a vital role in establishing the culture and values of BAX. We celebrate diversity of identity, awareness of different roles and experiences, and strive to create opportunities for exchange among students/families, professional artists, the greater BAX community, and beyond. We believe that by creating class communities built on genuine exchange and empathy, children will be inspired to continue making meaningful connections in their communities at home, in their neighborhood, school, and the world.

Creative Choice

BAX cultivates authentic voice and artistic expression by supporting each individual student and meeting them where they are. By creating a healthy platform to explore creative risk-taking, improvisation, and artistry, BAX classes generate and present original material by young artists.


BAX classes create a brave space for students to work independently, in partners, and as an ensemble. BAX classes work to build trust, community, and perspective, exploring many entry points into working collaboratively. To do this, BAX faculty question the historically hierarchical dynamics between teachers and students and reimagine the studio as a space for decentralized exchanges. Collaboration among families is also central at BAX. We partner with parents as part of our philosophy of collective caretaking.

Skill Building

BAX classes teach skills in technique, improvisation, art making and performance while understanding cultural influences and attending to the social and emotional well-being of each student and the class as a whole. History, technique, and vocabulary are introduced while using adaptive teaching practices to meet students “where they are,” in the disciplines of dance, drama, and tumbling.


BAX celebrates dance, drama, and tumbling as performing arts and values the opportunity for students to present work in front of an audience. Students have the chance to “practice” performance and are encouraged as authors to share their voice publicly. As BAX students develop and hone performance skills, they also learn how to observe, reflect, and comment on work. In this way, performance becomes understood as a critical part of the generative process rather than its end.