Youth Summer

The summer program offers participants the opportunity to explore the idea of a Rites of Passage-what this concept means at different times in our lives following the belief that we are always in transition. The program culminates in a performance, which every participant helps to create and give expression to his/her rite of passage at this moment in their development.

Rites of Passage Summer

Bailey’s summer program is a free arts-based rites of passage program for young people ages 9 to 21 years of age. The program offers participants the opportunity to explore the idea of a Rites of Passage-what this concept means at different times in our lives following the belief that we are always in transition; and to become familiar with the traditions of manhood/womanhood that have informed the practices of different cultures as they create an understanding of their own passage for themselves.

  • Summer 2019 we explored the themes of authenticity in the Age of Social Media, mental health and kindness.  Our 36 participants co-created an amazing final performance with the support of our incredible team of teaching artists: Ben Allen, Kadeem Alston Roman, Priscilla Amado, Angela Bell, Danhy Clermont, Marvin Dolly, Brittany Grier, Dana Hanchard, Zane Rodulfo, Marienne Thomas and Iris Williams.  We also collaborated with Camille A. Brown & Dancers Every Body Move program, who brought dancer/choreographer Pia Murray and Black Girl Spectrum curriculum into our girls gender study sessions.  The summer started with the Womanity Project’s signature workshops on Identity Power Change.  They ended their sessions by creating this powerful video of our participants speaking about the change they want to see in the world.