APRIL 12, 2014 FROM 4 – 7 PM

West 254th Street at the Hudson River
Bronx, NY

To celebrate and support BAE’s acclaimed arts-in-education programs in Bronx schools!


ben_waxmanBEN WAXMAN
Network Leader, Children First Network #534
Ben Waxman has served New York City children as an educator for 40 years. Following teaching mathematics and serving as a teacher trainer in District 18, he joined the staff of New York City Teacher Center Consortium at UFT. For the next fourteen years he served as a facilitator of school wide programs and coordinator of support for low performing schools. Following his positions of Director of Middle School Initiatives in District 4 and Restructuring Regional and Local Instructional Superintendent for Region 5, and after work at several colleges, Mr. Waxman was recruited by the UFT as Director of Operations for UFT Elementary Charter Schools. He currently serves as a PSO Network Leader for CEI-PEA CFN 534. In 2002 he received the Parent Empowerment Award for Distinguished Service to the Children and Parents of New York City Public Schools, awarded by the United Parent Associations. Thanks to his leadership, Mr. Waxman’s network of schools are currently participating in BAE’s Arts-in-Education programs for the duration of 2014.

The New York Community Trust has been a crucial lifeline making New York City a vital and secure place since its founding in 1924. The Trust ended 2012 with assets of more than $2.1 billion in more than 2000 charitable funds, and made grants totaling $136 million. Attracting a multitude of donors who are committed to feeding the hungry, educating children, protecting the environment, nourishing the arts and revitalizing neighborhoods, The Trust has been actively involved in recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy as well as establishing a September 11th Fund with The United Way of NYC. Committed to helping cultural groups integrate arts into needy public schools, and initiate programs in schools that lack arts, The Trust played a pivotal role in starting the Center for Arts Education. The New York Community Trust has provided a $60,000 grant, awarded in 2013, which supports BAE’s Arts-in-Education programs in Children First Network #534, led by Ben Waxman.

norma_vegaNORMA VEGA
Principal, ELLIS Prep Academy
ELLIS Prep Academy was founded by Principal Norma Vega in 2008, and serves a 16 to 21-year old newly arrived immigrant English language learner student body, many with interrupted or limited formal education. Prior to her appointment as Principal at ELLIS Prep, Ms. Vega was Special Services Manager at Children’s First Network, as well as one of the founding members and former Principal of Bronx International High School, which opened in 2001. She joined that school as a social worker and held that position prior to becoming Principal in 2004. Ms. Vega was also a social worker at Brooklyn IHS and Legacy High School. She earned her undergraduate degree from Fordham University, MA in Social Work from Columbia University and an MA in Educational Administration from Bank Street College’s Principals Institute. The Bronx Arts Ensemble is one of several current cultural partners at ELLIS Academy.

Music by Valerie Capers and John Robinson

Tickets $125 per person [purchase tickets]

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