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 clean and 100% accessible, 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, Tap, and Praise Dance for students ages 3-adult. Free weekly Adult Fit4Life classes include Zumba, Soca, Stretch and Yoga.
Music – Weekly group and private classes for students ages 4-adult in piano, keyboard, violin, guitar, bass, flute, clarinet, recorder, saxophone, trumpet, voice, trombone, music theory, drum set and African drum.
Martial Arts – Weekly Karate classes for students ages 5-19.
Positive Youth Troupe Theater – PYT’s staying power is its ability to “keep it real,” and deliver a positive message to youth 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 – The free "Arts Passage XPress" program provides individual coaching and small group workshop training for youth ages 12-18 in visual arts, dance choreography, 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.