On April 9, 2016, the BAX community celebrated 25 years of teaching & learning with over 300 students, artists, families, and supporters who came together to enjoy an extraordinary Gala we called A LOVE LETTER TO BAX. And what a love letter it was… to hear from all types of people why and how they love BAX brought such tremendous joy, and renewed our energy to continue to grow and develop who we are and where we want to go. It is with great pride we share just some of the incredible comments:

Pictured here: Faculty member Helen Styring Tocci receives the DANI NIKAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING (also awarded to Donna Costello, Andrew Jannetti and José Joaquín García), presented by BAX alumni Nasrene Haj and Odessa Jacobson.


“BAX is life changing – I graduated and left knowing that I have a voice!”
Briana Carlson-Goodman

-– alumna, professional actor who is currently in The Count of Monte Cristo and whose Broadway credits include Les Miserables and the world premiere of Dr. Zhivago

“BAX is a place that creates whole people.”
Isabel Cruz

— alumna, Junior at Yale University

“There is a celebration of the individual at a cellular level at BAX, I was an incredibly shy child and the many moments in class or onstage at BAX is where I felt most alive and expressive.”
EmmaGrace Skove-Epes

— alumna, now a professional choreographer/performer

It was truly a gift to hear how BAX has impacted students, families, artists and audiences through its now quarter of a century of existence.


This year, we created the DANI NIKAS OPPORTUNITY FUND, with a goal of raising $100,000 (double our normal amount) to ensure that every family and every student can reap all the benefits of a BAX education.

To date we have raised $70,000, and so we are getting closer and closer to ensuring that as always, no student is turned away due to finances. This very important value is at the center of BAX’s commitment to providing high quality arts education to ALL children in Brooklyn. Creating whole people who can collaborate, create, listen, and empathize makes Brooklyn and our whole city a better place for each and every one of us.

Please help us raise the remaining $30,000 before the end of our fiscal year – June 30, 2016!

You can make a recurring donation by selecting “Make This Recurring (Monthly)” next to the donation amount on the PayPal form.

Visit to read what others have said about the difference your support makes.

Thank you so much for your help.