ABOUT THE ASASE YAA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
The School of the Arts was founded in 2010 with the mission to provide quality dance and drum instruction to boys and girls students ages 3 to 18. Through intensive study and technical training in various dance forms that include tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, and African, students become well versed in their genre over the course of the 37 week program (which typically runs from October to June).
The first three months of the program is focused on technique and the remaining months are focused around creating routines and choreography designed for a culminating recital annually held in June at a distinguished local venue.
Based on the belief that art is a powerful tool in helping youth learn about their historical connection to Africa, our approach to instruction is intentionally holistic. So beyond teaching dance and drum, we seek to develop students’ self-esteem. In a safe and nurturing environment that honors one’s unique contributions while also respecting the collective body, students gain confidence, learn important interactive social skills, and develop a sense of cultural pride that enables them to become productive citizens of the world.
The School also serves as a cultural and performing arts space which is committed to the growth, preservation and presentation of the arts in the Brooklyn community. It is located in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn at 1803 Fulton Street. It also serves as an affordable event space for the community-at-large. It hosts lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, book-signings, parties, and other events.
The School offers two major youth programs annually in addition to the classes and regular curriculum they offer in public, charter, and public schools.
CHILDREN’S SUMMER ART CAMP
ARTS OUTREACH PROGRAM
CHILDREN’S SUMMER ART CAMP
Our Children’s Art Camp is a performing arts program dedicated to teaching young artists many aspects of the arts including dance, music, singing, drama and set building. Each year, we attract top artists who have mastered their art and the ability to come and work with our students. There are also many artists who volunteer their time throughout the camp experience.
Our 6-week multidisciplinary theater day camp is the only summer program that offers youth (ages 4-13) a chance to contribute, create and produce an original work and full live production which is presented to a captive audience of family and friends as a finale to camp. They learn all aspects of live production including writing, music, dance, costumes, choreography, staging, lights and sound.
The young artists go on trips twice a week to either a museum or performance to expose them to all aspects of the arts and allow them to see the different facets of performance. The annual family bus trip takes the young artists and their families to Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom amusement park to incorporate family fun and community experiences into their summer. The daily structure starts with a morning circle which helps bring everyone together and also to reflect on prior activities. Asase Yaa Children’s Art Camp is a place of family, fun, creativity, encouragement and education.
Each year the children tell a story and present it with art, dance, music, and singing. Children are able to experience new places, learn new dances, and gain meaningful friendships. We are building strong and confident children both physically and mentally. Nearly 500 youth have attended the camp since its inception.
ARTS OUTREACH PROGRAM
Our Arts Outreach Program (originally titled T.E.A.C.H Theater Education Art Culture and Health) was established in September 2012. It comprises an arts and education curriculum designed for students in kindergarten through 8th grade within the City of New York’s public, private, and charter school system.
Our program is intended to share the beauty and richness of the performing arts and the cultures they are based on. We nurture and support each participant to ensure they are strengthened emotionally, mentally and physically. In addition to the discipline and technical training we provide, we focus on the education of the whole student. Our mission is for each child to walk away equipped with the knowledge and self-determination they need to be successful in school and in life.
Over the past six years, we have presented a variety of small captivating and interactive performances in schools, and also offered teaching residencies for schools who are interested in offering ongoing classes in various African dance and drumming styles. In addition, we offer instruction in several other performing arts genres such as, tap dance, hip-hop dance, music and graffiti, musical theater, choir, acting and martial arts.
If you’re interested in exploring the range of services we offer as part of our Arts Outreach Program please free to contact us so we can try to tailor options that will best your school.