Why we do what we do!
Mind-Builders develops skills in a variety of art forms for children, teens and adults while nurturing self-esteem, building character and cultivating an appreciation of the diverse cultures within our Bronx community.
Mind-Builders is committed to making its arts programs accessible to all: providing financial aid, ensuring that the facility is 100% ADA compliant, and training our teachers to work with youth of various skill levels and learning styles. We believe that the discipline of art is a powerful and enlivening experience for all!
Dance – Weekly group classes in African, Afrobeats, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Praise Dance, and Tap for students ages 3.5-adult. Free weekly Adult Fit4Life classes include Soca, Stretch, Yoga and Zumba.
Music – Weekly group and private classes for students ages 4-adult in bass, clarinet, drum- African and set, flute, piano, keyboard, music theory, recorder, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, violin/Suzuki violin and voice.
Martial Arts – Weekly Karate classes in Goju Ryu Karate for students ages 5-18.
Positive Youth Troupe Theater – PYT’s staying power is its ability to “keep it real,” and deliver a positive message to youth, ages 14-21, through creative spirit, attitude, energy, and movement. In PYT, young people get their start on the stage while acquiring life skills. This program begins in November.
Arts Passage Xpress – Mind-Builders "Arts Passage XPress Program" provides individual coaching and small group workshop training for youth ages 12 - 18 in visual arts and hip-hop theatre/spoken word.
Dr. Beverly J. Robinson Community Folk Culture– Free folk culture research training program for students ages 14-21. Students apply for this program in late spring. Program takes place 3 days/week during summer vacation. Students receive a stipend.
Pre-K – Under contract with the NYC Dept. of Education, Mind-Builders offers free full-day Pre-K to 18 children Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 2:50 pm from September to June.
Arts In Education – Mind-Builders contracts with schools and after-school programs to provide music and dance programs at their site or at the Mind-Builders site.