Broadway Bound Kids is a transformative and inclusive community that inspires young lives through the performing arts.
Established in 2004, Broadway Bound Kids is a nonprofit providing a transformative and inclusive environment that inspires youth through performing arts education. We provide comprehensive interactive programs for Pre-K through 12th Grade in the performing arts that focus on enhancing technical skills, social emotional learning, confidence, connection, mindfulness, and creativity. Social justice is central to our programming and organizational culture as we work to break down societal and financial barriers for youth, their families, and their communities. We cultivate communities of open hearts and minds amongst a diverse cross section of youth in New York City and beyond by enabling every student to explore all they can be, on stage and off.
Broadway Bound Kids is committed to the ongoing work of being an anti-racist organization. Fostering an environment of belonging and inclusion drives our organizational culture, and our board, staff, and teaching artists are committed to living those values. We vow to be better allies for the diverse populations we serve and to constantly challenge ourselves to dismantle systemic injustice within our sphere. We will create safe and inclusive spaces that encourage empathy and belonging, practice trauma-informed education, bring down barriers of access, and amplify the voices of students and artists who have been marginalized. This involves ongoing assessment and refinement of practices, policies and procedures and specific short and long term actionable steps towards racial justice that are built into our strategic plan. We begin this work by addressing the following areas:
Administration: hiring staff and teaching artists who are representative of the diverse communities we serve, listening to those voices and ensuring that they have agency at the table
Outreach: Creating more opportunities to reach and engage BIPOC students
Curriculum: Centering voices of color in the resources used for teaching and ensuring that those resources are taught with integrity and truth derived from the point of view of people of color
Professional Development: prioritizing training for teaching artists and staff that address racial inequity and social injustice in the classroom AND within our organization.
Organizational Culture: developing a strategic plan to identify ways to support BBK’s core values
We recognize the evolving nature of this statement as we continue to learn, grow, and be inspired by our understandings. Broadway Bound Kids believes that we can achieve change by working collaboratively with our young people, their families, and our community.
Broadway Bound Kids fosters a level of respect, creativity, and support that's like nothing I've ever seen. -Christian Borle