The Dream Academy provides participants with the resources and direction to hone their individual talents in music, theater, dance, vocal performance (song, rap, poetry), and visual arts in a welcoming environment. The program operates in twelve-week sessions for youth, ages 5-12, with the guidance of program facilitators. Participants and facilitators collaborate to write, produce and perform a variety show called “Daydreams” at the conclusion of each session. “Daydreams” addresses a pressing social issue selected by students.The Dream Academy will give youth participants an avenue to enhance their artistic abilities through sectional training, building viable friendships and relationships with peers through group rehearsals and projects, developing a understanding of how certain social issues affect individuals as well as their community at-large, students will use their gifts and talents to relay a message that will be engaging and informative to program attendees and will promote community awareness and involvement to change the fabric of their community and world around them. Robert Kennedy once said “Some people see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?" this is the heart and soul of what Day Dreams is meant to teach Dreams Work, Inc participants to accomplish.
Urban Theater Project
The Urban Theatre Project utilizes the arts to entertain and educate audiences about various social issues facing youth and their communities. Urban Theatre Project is designed to use performing arts tools to assist in educating students using age appropriate lessons. Program facilitators use entertainment and interactive theater techniques to prepare lessons corresponding with existing classroom curriculum, cementing conventional education and enhancing the classroom. Youth will be able to perform plays, concerts, visual arts exhibitions, as well as produce short film, PSA’s, etc. in order to help educate communities on various key social issues relevant to teens such as of domestic violence, date rape, HIV-Aids, Teen Pregnancy, Youth Violence, and Childhood Obesity. The Urban Theatre Project will conduct a tour promoting social change by youth who are proactively identifying key issues affecting their generation and providing clear and obtainable solutions for other young people, parents, and/or guardians to embrace in order to better their homes and community.