BAA Students DREAM Big in the DR!

Seven Boston Arts Academy Students Spend Summer Teaching the Arts in the Dominican Republic

Boston Arts Academy is working with the Dominican Republic Education And Mentoring (DREAM) project in the Sabaneta/Cabarete area of the Dominican Republic this summer. This three-week experiential learning trip will push our students to learn and practice two essential elements: providing for their community in a socially responsible way, and using their art to make a difference in the world.

The trip to the Dominican Republic will group seven BAA students with local children aged four to twelve to teach and engage them in the arts. Specifically, BAA students will teach one of their practicing arts – music, visual arts, theatre, and dance. This will be the first time for many of our students to travel outside of the United States. To say that they are all very excited about this is an understatement!

Here are some thoughts from BAA Students on the trip:

John: “When I see different people bringing me a caramel, or drawing me something in art class it makes me feel like I am making a difference in their lives and that they are showing that they are caring about me and also about what I am teaching.”

D’Mitry: “I have learned not to take my education for granted because there are kids around the world that would really like to be able to go to school and get told that they can’t enter the school. Every day there is a kid or two asking if they can go to the camp and they get told no because there isn’t any space. These kids really want to go to school and learn.”

Dahrell: “I have gained a great dedication to these children that I am teaching and also a great dedication to my team members because we have truly gained a lot of love for each other through all of the tough situations we have been through together. In this experience I hope to leave these students with an appreciation for who they are and a new perspective of the arts that will help them be some of the greatest people imaginable.”

Penelope: “Making a connection with those kids and the team! My roommates and I have learned so much about each other, leaving them might be harder than leaving the kids.”

Gary: “In Santiago, I even went to places where I never been before like the museum Centro Leon. In the museum, I saw art that I never thought could be used in an artistic way. Also, I loved how the team allowed me to see my family that lived nearby and allowed me to introduce them.”