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 and Tap for students ages 3.5-adult. Tap is FREE for all students. FREE weekly Fit4Life classes for adults include Soca, Stretch, Yoga/Meditation and Zumba.
Music – Weekly group and private classes for students ages 4-adult in bass, clarinet, drum (set), flute, piano, keyboard, music theory, recorder, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, violin/Suzuki violin and voice. Band is FREE (auditions required).
Martial Arts – Weekly Karate classes in Goju Ryu Karate are offered for students ages 5-18.
Positive Youth Troupe (Teen and Young Adult 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 FREE program begins annually in November. Applications are due in September with rolling application review. Stipends are provided.
Arts Passage Xpress – APX provides individual coaching and small group workshop training for youth ages 12-18 in anime/visual arts, spoken word and recording studio production. This is a FREE program that begins in November. Supplies and stipends are provided.
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 and throughout the school year November to May. This is a FREE Program. Students receive a stipend.
Pre-K – Under contract with the NYC Department 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. This program is FREE. Applications are due annually through the NYC Department of Education.
Arts In Education – Contact us to become a community partner! Mind-Builders contracts with area schools and after-school programs to provide music and dance programs online, at their site or at the Mind-Builders site.