NBAF’s education programs are focused on bringing arts to the schools under the umbrella of our Youth Engagement Series (YES) and in general supporting the aspirations, academic achievement and creative talent of our youth of all ages. With a special focus on school children, their families and educators, NBAF offers access to resources, events and to arts education and enrichment programs that are powerfully transformative.
Through the signature Adopt-A-School program, NBAF has established a deep and sustained partnership with local APS middle schools through a Move/Dance! Program, working closely with the administration and teachers to define needs, structure, approach, performance/success metrics and outcomes that best supports the school’s academic, health and arts education goals. NBAF has partnered with several APS middle schools including, Sylvan Hills Middle School, our pilot school; Bunche Middle School, King Middle School, and Young Middle School who have a diverse student body but limited access or resources for arts education. Move/Dance! Program offers a new curriculum on Black dance, a dance competition and public presentation, dance instruction by teaching artists, scholarships linked to a small-scale financial literacy program. The project is designed to have a measurable impact on the school, specifically on academic achievement, arts education and appreciation, the health of the students and, by extension of their families. The program and project is replicated within Atlanta and potentially throughout the region in years to come.