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Teen Arts Conference 2014‏

Teen Arts Conference 2014‏


BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange


Brooklyn Arts Exchange


Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 9:00am, 7:30pm

BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange

BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange is excited to announce

 2014 Teen Arts Conference 
Engaging teen performers to network with peers and professionals and present their work in a caring performing arts environment.
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9am-6pm 
Performance Gala at 7:30pm 

For over 15 years, Brooklyn Arts Exchange's Teen Arts Conference (TAC) has provided teen performing artists (ages 13-18) across New York City and beyond an opportunity to come together as part of a wider cultural community of learners and practitioners. The free, day-long conference offers a range of theater, dance, and movement workshops; panel discussions with professional artists, companies, and leaders in the field; and culminates with a Performance Gala in the BAX Theater, where the teen groups perform their work for each other and a public audience. This year, BAX's Teen Arts Conference will include:

Morning Workshops: Led by expert performers and arts educators, the conference kicks off with nine 45-minute skill-building and performance workshops, ranging from Hip Hop and Latin Dance, to Clowning and Contact Improvisation.

Panel Show/Talks: The morning workshops are followed by three different moderated panel discussions during which professional artists, including BAX Artists In Residence, share original work and discuss their creative process. This year, BAX's pre-professional dance company, BAXco, will present work and discuss being in a repertory company.

Afternoon Workshops: Teens participate in one of three different Collaborative Workshops or a Performance Lab, all focused on devising original works and facilitated by members of professional NYC-based performing arts companies. Drawing inspiration from the companies' unique practices, these workshops will give participants a chance to create new material through improvisation. The Performance Lab work will be presented as part of the evening's Performance Gala.

Networking: Serving 100-125 students and performing arts teachers, participants will share a community meal together to network and exchange ideas and information with individuals from training schools, public and private high schools, and recreation and community groups.

Performance Gala: The conference will culminate with an evening Performance Gala showcasing the participating teen groups' original works. This year's teen groups include a range of talent, including Irondale Theater and 92Y Harkness Repertory Ensemble, among others. 

Professional Development: TAC Group Representatives will be invited to participate in a Professional Development and networking opportunity during BAX's Artist Services Day, Sunday, February 9. Facilitated by BAX's Programs Consultant and Professional Development Specialist Donna Costello, the workshop (1:00-3:00pm) will explore best practices for professional artists and teaching artists working with teens to generate original work.

For more information about festival, conference, and program opportunities at BAX, contact Education Director Lucia Scheckner at lucia@bax.org or visit youth.bax.org/festivals-events/2014-teen-arts-conference.

Founded in 1991, BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange is a vital center for artistic and cultural development in Brooklyn, serving over 2,500 artists, 9,000 students, and over 2,000 audience members each year. BAX offers an annual presenting season, artist services, and educational programs for youth and adults. Our two decades of providing student and emerging artists with the right support at the right time plays a crucial role in ensuring that important artistic voices are launched successfully.

BAX provides classes six days per week, public school residencies, 75 evenings of performance and free conferences/festivals to NYC youth including our groundbreaking Young Women's Project and YouthWorks programs.  BAX offers scholarships to 25% of the students who take class with us each year.  It is an organizational priority to ensure our core constituency continues to have access to community-based arts education. In addition, artists in dance, theatre and performance are provided meaningful residencies to develop artistically, professionally and curatorially. Residencies include uninterrupted development space, performance opportunities, peer and mentor support.

For more information about BAX and its programs please call 718-832-0018, email press@bax.org or visit us on the web at www.bax.org.

Digital photos available upon request.

BAX's Educational Programs & Services receives important public support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and Councilmember Brad Lander. Major private funding is received from M&T Charitable Foundation, Astoria Federal Savings, the Scherman Foundation, Bay and Paul Foundations, Copper Beech Foundation, Corcoran Cares, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Con Edison, Park Slope Civic Council, and TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation.

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