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Registration for Summer 2024 is now open!

Program Dates:
Monday, July 8 – Friday, August 2, 2024

 

Register by the week, mix and match, or join us for all four weeks!
Sliding Scale Tiered Tuition & Scholarships Available

About the Summer Arts Program

At BAX, we foster creativity and encourage playful exploration in a positive and nurturing environment. Our Summer Arts Program (SAP) draws from our year-round education programs to provide young artists with opportunities to explore different forms of mixed media art and performance around a specific themed week thoughtfully designed for active and fun engagement. Arts Specialists teach daily workshops, while a well-trained, creative staff supports a healthy balance of fun indoor (at the BAX Building in spacious studios) and outdoor (at the Old Stone House in Washington Park/JJ Byrne Playground) play, performance, and art-making activities. At the end of each week, families are sent photos/videos with descriptions of the weekly activities and culminating shares.

Program Groups & Ages

NanoBAXers and MegaBAXers

Children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade participate in two different groups, organized by age: NanoBAXers (rising K to 2nd graders, ages 5-8) and MegaBAXers (rising 3rd to 5th graders, ages 8-11).

Program Hours & Extended Day

  • 8:30-9:00am Drop Off
  • 9:00am-3:00pm Main Program
    • NanoBAXer Family Gallery, Thursdays from 2:30-3:00
    • MegaBAXer Family Open Studio, Fridays from 3:00-3:30pm
  • 3:00-5:45pm Optional Extended Day Add-On 

BAX Extended Day is available for an additional fee for families who need additional caretaking coverage until 5:45pm. In Extended Day, children have time for free play, small group activities, visual arts, and snack. For those enrolled in Extended Day, pick up can happen anytime between 3:00-5:45pm.

Tuition Tiers & Scholarships

Summer 2024 Tuition and Fees 

Tuition Tier Price per Week
Tier One (Full Price) $695/week
Tier Two $620/week
Tier Three $545/week
Extended Day Add On $25/day
Registration Fee $20

The above tiered pricing is based on an honor system of your-expressed-need (we do not require financial documentation). By paying what you are able, you help us better meet the needs of other families. Registration is taken on a first come, first serve basis, and half of the tuition must be received to secure a spot. Installment plans are available, and you can elect to enroll in one during online registration.

We have a limited amount of financial assistance available beyond these public tiers. Please submit a request for additional financial assistance by filling out this form online HERE. Additionally or alternatively, you can use this form to indicate if an increased installment plan from 2 to 3 or 4 payments is preferable. Please note that submission of a request form does NOT guarantee an offer of additional financial assistance. We will take requests under review and respond within a few weeks of receipt, no later than the end of March 2024.

Summer Registration Fee: $20 per family. This one time, non-refundable fee will be charged once per family for the 2024 Summer Arts Program.

Credit Card processing fees are paid by BAX and we encourage you to use e-checks when possible as they incur lower fees.

About the NanoBAXers (K-2nd)

NanoBAXers (rising K to 2nd graders) explore a variety of performing arts disciplines, with a different discipline workshop each day, and engage in dynamic visual art workshops that build over the course of the week. The Nano staff members are selected for their understanding of the unique needs of our youngest artists, and special attention is paid to community building and collaboration in the daily schedule of activities, games, and time for small group play. On Thursdays, the Nano’s host the Megas and their families for a celebration of that week’s exploratory theme and Gallery sharing of their visual art.

Sample SAP Day NanoBAXers (K-2nd)

8:30am – Drop Off
9:00am – Morning Meeting
9:30am – Leave for Park
10:00am – Snack
10:15am – Outdoor Games
10:45am – Performing Arts Workshop
11:30am – Water Play Time
12:00pm – Lunch
12:30pm – Transition back to BAX
1:00pm – Indoor Activities
1:30pm – Visual Arts Workshop
2:30pm – End of Day Sharing with Megas
3:00pm  – Dismissal

About the MegaBAXers (3rd-5th)

MegaBAXers (rising 3rd to 5th graders) focus on one performing arts discipline each week, while engaging in a diverse span of creative activities, community centered games, and visual art practices throughout the day. On Fridays, the Mega experience culminates in a performance that showcases their skills built over the week, with a special emphasis placed on their unique creative choices and voice as individual artists.

Sample SAP Day MegaBAXers (3rd-5th)

8:30am – Drop Off
9:00am – Morning Meeting
9:30am – Performing Arts Workshop
10:30am – Snack
10:45am – Leave for Park
11:15am – Outdoor Activities
11:45am – Water Play Time & Games
12:30pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Transition back to BAX
1:30pm – Visual Arts Workshop
2:30pm – End of Day Sharing with Nanos
3:00pm  – Dismissal

NanoBAXers – Entering Grades K-2nd

Program Day

Week 1
July 8-12
Week 2
July 15-19
Week 3
July 22-26
Week 4
July 29-August 2

Exploratory Theme

IMAGINING ME: Explore a path as unique as you! Come and share all of the ways you sparkle as we celebrate and express ourselves completely, freely, and fabulously through art, music, and performance!
NEIGHBOR WORLDS: Travel the world without leaving the neighborhood! With imagination and collaboration we will explore the worlds within our neighborhood, community, and selves.
FOLK TALE FANTASTIC: What are the stories that make us giggle while still teaching us about ourselves? Join us for creative play, movement, and art-making as we discover how our own version of classic stories & characters unfold.
COMMUNITY CRITTERS: Climb on in as we go on an unforgettable exploration of the natural world around us with our senses as our guides. We’re dreaming up creatures using crafts, music, movement and drama!

MegaBAXers – Entering Grades 3rd-5th

Program Day

Week 1
July 8-12
Week 2
July 15-19
Week 3
July 22-26
Week 4
July 29-August 2

Exploratory Theme

TUMBLING: Tumbling at BAX integrates movement from modern dance, gymnastics, and partner acrobatics to explore creative expression through inverted movement. Tumblers learn fundamental skills that help to increase flexibility, balance, and awareness of space, shape and form.
CIRCUS: Drawing on contemporary circus traditions, young artists will practice the art of storytelling through physical theater, partner acrobatics, animating objects, and character and caricature exploration. Participants work independently and collaboratively to establish their own fun and unique circus performance style.
DANCE: In lively and action packed dance sessions, young artists use their bodies and imaginations to create their own movement and explore a variety of dance techniques. With time to create individually and in groups, young artists will explore their own choreographic voice.
DRAMA: Daily drama workshops will inspire young artists by engaging their voices, bodies, and imaginations. Working collaboratively, young artists cultivate technical skills while playing fun improvisational and embodied storytelling games.