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BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange: YouthWorks 2022

Deadline Extended to 1/31!

BAX’s FREE annual YouthWorks festival invites young artists grades 2nd-9th to develop original performance work in dance, theater, performance, and more with support from professional artist coaches during Mid-Winter Recess, February 22th-27th.

A YouthWorks 2022 day includes morning rehearsal sessions, a lunch break with time for community building and group games, afternoon production and technical workshops, with early drop-off and add-on extended day options. The program will culminate with a professional technical rehearsal and showcase featuring all the young artists’ work on Sunday, February 27, 2022. Subject to Covid-19 safety protocols, the presentation will be open to live audiences and/or live streamed for greater safety and accessibility. 

Ask us about additional opportunities for teens! Email: youthworks@bax.org

BAX teaching artist working on choreography with a Youth Works participant.

BAX Teaching Artist working on choreography with a YouthWorks participant February 2020.

Program Dates: Tuesday, February 22 to Sunday, February 27, 2022

  • Tuesday – Friday, 9am to 4pm
    • Drop Off: 8:30-9:00am
    • Extended Day Add-On: 4:00-5:00pm 
  • Saturday – Sunday, exact times TBA

Full Program Timeline:

  • Wednesday, January 5: Project Proposal Form Application Opens!
  • Wednesday, January 12 at 5:30pm: Info Session (on Zoom), Watch the Recording HERE password- YouthWorks2022!
  • Wednesday, January 26 11:59 PM ET: Project Proposal Form Application Closes
  • Wednesday, February 2: Accepted Artists are Notified 
  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 6:00pm: Mandatory Orientation Session for Accepted Artists & Families (on Zoom) 
  • Tuesday, February 22 to Friday, February 25 9am to 4pm: Rehearsal Sessions  
    • Drop Off: 8:30-9:00am 
    • Extended Day Add-On: 4:00-5:00pm 
  • Saturday, February 26, exact call times TBA: Tech Rehearsals 
    • Each group will be scheduled for a one hour technical rehearsal
  • Sunday, February 27 at 3pm: Performance Showcase 
    • Exact call time for artists TBA 
    • The format of the Performance Showcase will be confirmed closer to the start of the program, taking into account the most up to date COVID-19 safety protocols and city, state, and CDC guidelines. The Showcase will be live streamed for remote access.

All participating artists are expected to commit to the full program dates and times. 

I want to participate! What do I do next?

To be considered for YouthWorks 2022, artists should submit our YouthWorks Project Proposal Form, which will be available from Wednesday, January 5th through Wednesday, January 26th. Accepted artists will be notified on Wednesday, February 2nd.

If you have further questions please watch the recording of our Info Session below. 

The password for the Info Session is: YouthWorks2022!

Do I work alone or with a group?

YouthWorks artists have the choice to work in small groups or to develop solo work!  In your project proposal form, you will share with us whether you wish to work on a solo piece, if you have a group of collaborators that you are applying with, or if you would like to be placed in a group of other YouthWorks artists.

What is the capacity of the program?

The YouthWorks 2022 ensemble will be made up of approximately 20-25 artists, working in 5-7 groups.

Who is the YouthWorks team?

This year’s program will be co-directed by Kelindah Schuster (they/them; BAX Technical Director & Producer) and Ashley Thaxton-Stevenson (she/her; BAX Senior Manager of Education Programs), with additional support from BAX’s Education Department staff, Production Assistant Max Vaupen, Rehearsal Assistant Audrey Berger and professional artist coaches.

Three BAX students performing a piece they created on stage at BAX

Three BAX students performing a piece they created on stage at YouthWorks  February 2020

Hear what past YouthWorks participants, coaches, and parents have to say about the program!

“YouthWorks gives me a chance to be myself and to create something like nothing else.” -YouthWorks Participant

“I learned that I had a lot of stamina in creating things and an open mind.” – YouthWorks Participant 

“It is a pleasure to learn about the ways these young individuals think about art making and the world, and create new realities through their performance interventions.” – YouthWorks Coach 


“YouthWorks has given my son a community of artists who nurture and appreciate him.” -YouthWorks Parent