BAC operates on a partnership model - we collaborate with organizations already on the ground, listen intentionally to their needs and goals, and jointly craft a strategy to best mobilize and integrate the arts into their work.
BAC artists performing at New York City Hall in partnership with the Center for Popular Democracy and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
BAC produces its sold-out inaugural event, Broadway for Black Lives Matter, which featured the best of Broadway’s artists (Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, India.Arie, Jeanine Tesori) alongside policy experts and activists (Professor Kendall Thomas, Anurima Bhargava, Professor Frank Roberts). BAC continues to produce monthly performative events through 2017, in collaboration with Columbia Law School, that bring together artists, policy experts, and directly affected individuals.
BAC collaborates with the Center for Popular Democracy and the New York City Council Speaker to produce a performance-meets-policy forum for legislators from sanctuary cities throughout the United States. The performance is hosted by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at New York’s City Hall, and features more original collaborations between legislators and artists on immigration and the fight to protect the most vulnerable among us.
BAC’s first collaboration with the Alliance for Quality Education. BAC’s creative artists work with AQE’s leadership team to gather narratives and strategies present in AQE’s continuous fight for equity in public education. Broadway Artists and Parent Organizers stand side by side as original works are performed in New York’s State Capitol - monologues in legislative offices, choral pieces at press conferences, and community members and parents right there on the front lines to have the crucial conversations with their representatives.
BAC works with NYU’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. BAC teaching artists work alongside young activists to assemble a conference day and showcase that celebrates and harnesses the power of youth voices.
BAC partners with The Center for Institutional and Social Change to develop and implement The Theater of Change, a first-of-its-kind January Term course at Columbia Law School. In a week-long intensive, the course brought together law students, Broadway artists, and community advocates in the criminal justice and immigration spaces, many of whom are formerly incarcerated. The participants were given opportunities to learn from each others’ backgrounds, strategies, and toolkits, and were then placed in project groups to generate collaborative work. This work embodies BAC’s methodology: arts-based performance pieces, centered around directly impacted stakeholders, placed in a space for maximum engagement and policy impact.
BAC and students at Columbia Law School partner with the Bronx Defenders to integrate the arts into their reentry work with the Bronx community, starting with using storytelling and music to build community as part of Reentry week and a Community Day of Justice providing reentry legal services, know-your-rights workshops, and community engagement to Bronx community members.
Through a collaboration with Project Amplify, BAC partnered with Waterwell to bring to life the testimonies of young people detained at the U.S. / Mexico border featuring artists, lawyers, advocates, and immigrants. Visit The Flores Exhibits website to learn more.
BAC and CISC have partnered with the Urban and Social Policy Program at the School of International and Public Affairs to build research and policy impact into the design and implementation of its artivism and engagement strategies. That collaboration has received support from the Just Societies Initiative at Columbia Law School, which is sponsoring a multi-disciplinary workshop that will involve community advocates, artists, and students from the schools of law, public policy, social work, public health, journalism, and the arts. Visit our Theater of Change website to learn more.