Welcome to BAAY at Home!

From Mikyn

At Bellingham Arts Academy For Youth, our mission is to enrich the lives of children through the exploration of the arts. We miss seeing all our students and families in person while we are all staying home to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

About BAAY at Home:

Bookmark this page! New content is being added - check out the weekly featured show on Watch, or see where to hang out together on Create. We want to encourage you with new suggestions for students engage with art and ways for families to connect and play together. Some resources will be offered here on this page (free of charge), and we are developing more formal classes students can register for on our main website www.baay.org.

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We are so glad you are here. :)  Let's connect and explore some art!

P.S. If you are here feeling lonely, send an email to hugs@baay.org and let us know - we would love to send you a virtual hug and remind you that you are loved!

BAAY Show of the Week

From Juliette

Snoring Beauty (2016)

BAAY Pixie Theatre presents Snoring Beauty, a whimsical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Original script written by program director Lisa Markowitz, performed by students ages 5-8. Singing, dancing, and acting for everyone! Watch Performance

Previous shows of the week

Something in the Stars (2020): This original musical, written and produced at BAAY, is a journey about destiny, love, and courage on an early 20th-century steamship. BAAY’s Creation Lab program for writing new musicals wrote an original show that was later performed by their peers ages 13-17. This unique production is a celebration of student-devised artistry! Watch Performance

East of the Sun & West of the Moon (2017): This week, we're highlighting this playful adaptation of a classic Norwegian folk tale. In the story, a princess who has fallen on hard times must travel to a kingdom "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" to rescue her best friend from trolls. And coming up this summer, director Ian Bivins will remount the show with a new cast of juniors ages 9-12! Cast 1 | Cast 2

The Land of Nod (2020): BAAY is excited to share The Land of Nod featuring Pixie performers ages 5-8. These students had been rehearsing through the early months of 2020, but never got their moment on stage. Let's celebrate their efforts through BAAY's first-ever digital performance! Watch Performance

At-Home Performances (2020): This week we are featuring a playlist compilation of at-home performance videos by a few current and former BAAY students. Enjoy! Watch Playlist

Gnomes (2019): BAAY Pixie Theatre presents Gnomes, an original play inspired by the small, red-capped denizens of the forest with an affinity for all animals. Original script written by Lisa Markowitz and costumes by Chrissy Nelson Ellsworth. Singing, dancing, and acting for everyone! Mega Pixies | Mini Pixies

The Snow Queen (2017): Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Snow Queen comes to life on the BAAY stage! The story follows Gerda on her quest through forests, mountains, and hills to rescue her friend Kai from the evil Snow Queen. Directed by Lisa Markowitz and featuring original music by Steve Barnes, The Snow Queen teaches about love and the value of friendship. Cast 1 | Cast 2

The Skylark (2016): A civilization has achieved peace, once and for all. Meanwhile, rumors of ghosts seem oddly frequent. And an unexpected friendship threatens to change everything. The Skylark is an original musical by Steve Barnes, featuring a cast of 21 BAAY performers. Watch Performance

The Stinky Cheese Man (2014): Long-time BAAY director Lisa Markowitz adapted the popular children's book, The Stinky Cheese Man, for the stage. Watch as these young performers bring the fun, whacky story to life through song, dance, and overall silliness! Watch Performance

The Firebird (2019): A long time ago, in a distant land far from here, lived a Tsar named Vyslav. After catching glimpses of a magical creature whose feathers light up the sky, Vyslav sends his three sons on a quest to find this bird, offering half his kingdom as a reward. Things aren’t always as they seem in this new telling of the classic tale. Cast 1 | Cast 2

Yoga Practice

From Juliette

Yoga is a great way to stay active and find peace of mind in your home spaces. Here are some resources that we thought you might enjoy!

Kids Yoga

All Levels Yoga

Get moving with Lisa and friends!

From Juliette

For Juniors and Seniors (ages 9-17): Click here

For Pixies (ages 5-8 or younger): Click here

Create and Hang Out Together! Zoom Dates:

From Mikyn

Students at home - who wants some joy and company? Come hang out with us at scheduled times below. You'll need to have Zoom installed before the meeting time. (Questions? Email the meeting host)

If you are able to support all this with a donation, please click the Support tab at top, but we really just want to connect with you!

Fandom Tuesdays with Dana

Tuesdays at 2pm! Starts July 7th!

Video meetings will be held via Google Meet:

meet.google.com/rbc-rwvz-phq

(Google Meet works as a simple video link in a browser; on a phone you need to install the Google Meet app)

Come and geek out with other FAN-antics! We will talk about whatever you bring to the table! Harry Potter! Percy Jackson! Marvel comics and movies vs DC! Princess Bride! Prepare for a passionate exchange! Have strong opinions and the language and will to defend them! Suggest your favorite books, films, and tv series’ for others and find like-minded individuals! Email any questions about this meeting or to join her email list about it.

Dungeons & Dragons Hub - hosted by Dana

Thursdays 2-3pm! Starts July 9th

Video meetings will be held via Google Meet - join here: https://meet.google.com/mnu-xntd-tjk

(Google Meet works as a simple video link in a browser; or on a phone you need to install the Google Meet app)

If you are curious about getting started in D&D, come to see what it’s about! If you are looking for a group to play with, you may find others here who are looking as well! If you already have a campaign, you can show up to try out new characters and get opinions about weapons and powers and costumes. Email any questions about this meeting or to join her email list about it.

"Busy Hands" Chat with Dana at a Beach near you!

Fridays 2-3pm Starts July 10th

Video meetings will be held via Google Meet - join here: https://meet.google.com/hdn-jvbn-umh

(Google Meet works as a simple video link in a browser; or on a phone you need to install the Google Meet app)

Invite me to meet you and your family at your favorite beach! We can both bring baskets of mending, crafts, snacks, and drinks and we will socially distance with masks while we chat for an hour at the shore! I have already met with some students and their parents at Birch Bay, Cherry Point, and Gooseberry Point. Let me know ASAP so I can get you on my schedule! First come, first served. Other attendees can jump on through Google Meet and bring their pets or projects! Email Dana any questions about this meeting or to join her email list about it.

Creative Writing with Lisa

From Juliette

Any day, any time!

Click here to visit Lisa's Celebration of the Imagination. This is a great way to stay creatively connected during these isolating times. Let's have some fun with words!

Support BAAY at Home

From Mikyn

Thank you for joining us at BAAY at Home during these challenging times, when isolated kids and struggling families need inspiration and connection now more than ever!  

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our mission is to enrich the lives of children through the exploration of the arts, and we can do that in this new way with support from our community.  

If life has gone upside-down for you and finances are rough, please know we are here to support you, and provide you this content with the hope that it can bring some joy. If you have some extra dollars that you can give as a gift to support our instructors through this season, that is welcome. If you are moved to give a larger gift to support BAAY as an organization to make it through this time, we will rejoice in that support. Your gift is fully tax-deductible.

If you are able to give a gift of any kind, click to reach our online Donate page, or make a check out to BAAY and mail it to:

BAAY, 1059 N State St, Bellingham, WA 98225. 

If you have questions about your donation and its impact, or about our organization, please contact our Development Director Mikyn at development@baay.org.

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