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BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, founded in 1991, is a multigenerational arts organization nurturing creative expression and artistic process through education, residencies, and performance at the intersection of arts and social justice

BAX AIR: Artists in Residence

For 30 years, BAX’s signature residency program has offered artists funding, community, rehearsal space, mentorship, production, and administrative support to develop creative practice and realize a defined, 1-2 year-long project. With guidance from Artistic Advisors Abigail Browde and nia love, BAX welcomes four new trailblazing artists, Andrea Ambam, Shenny de Los Angeles, Yo-Yo Lin, and Jessie Young. With this powerful cohort, we redouble our commitment to supporting artists at the intersection of arts, education, and social justice.

Practice Lab

This programmatic platform bridges BAX Education and Artist programs, and its public learning initiatives. It is a creative laboratory for artist-led initiatives that promotes social justice and centers artistic inquiry, action, and community engagement. Facilitated predominantly by queer, disabled, and artists of color, the Practice Lab’s intensive, cohort-based experiences prioritize mentorship, collaboration, and collective learning. BAX is thrilled to welcome Marlène Ramírez-Cancio to BAX’s Senior Leadership team as the Director of Practice Lab and EmergeNYC, a vanguard program for artist-activists.

Groundbreaking Education

BAX is increasing the reach of our unique Arts in Education programs this year. Gender Expression Workshops began as a collaboration with PS 261 and BAX staff members Kelindah Schuster/ Theydy Bedbug, and Lucia Scheckner. Through improvisation, character and script development, multigenerational participants explore ways to express themselves and bridge differences, understandings, and communication about gender inclusion and identities.

Interrupting Bigotry is a long-time BAX offering, created by BAX teaching artist José Joaquín García in partnership with the Brooklyn New School/PS 146. This program uses poetry, song, dance, and drama activities grounded in Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed framework. Students create original plays based on shared experiences about racial bias, personal identity, and culture to confront peer pressure and broader social inequities.