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The Art of Scheduling to Bring Arts to Inner City Communities

Find out more about how our exhibitor, Planday, helped to bring culture to the Bronx through scheduling at the Bronx Arts Ensemble.

Planday are the masters in streamlined scheduling, HR, payroll, and communications for shift-based businesses. With Planday, staff are able to communicate with one another, clock in and out, and swap shifts when needed, and managers can keep track of scheduling.

At the Family Attraction Expo, you’ll get the opportunity to meet with companies, like Planday, who can take you through all the nitty gritty details of employment at your attraction. Get your FREE ticket now, so you can get organised!

Planday have already helped numerous businesses, and you could be next! They spoke to David Nussenbaum, Executive Director of the Bronx Arts Ensemble (BAE), about teaching the arts to young students in the Bronx, and bringing the community together through music, theater, and art. Here, you can discover more about how Planday have helped the BAE in organising their employment…

This laptop, mobile, and notebook for scheduling can all be replaced by Planday's fantastic online resource for organising employment

About Bronx Arts Ensemble

Bronx Arts Ensemble (BAE) is a hybrid charity organisation that looks after several aspects of bringing the arts to the people across all ages in the Bronx. The BAE runs a concert season, as well as an arts education programme. The educational part of BAE’s mission is aimed at children of low-income, inner-city families, whose arts education funding has been dramatically reduced or cut completely in their local schools.

The BAE runs a variety of classes, and provides local kids with a chance to be involved in arts and develop themselves creatively. They can learn how to play an instrument, dance, draw or act together, with their friends.

A Tightly Run Ship

David Nussenbaum said:

“Before joining the BAE, I worked in a number of tech-forward industries. Coming here three years ago was like a 30-year flashback to when I first started in the business world. Everything was done on paper— that’s when I knew we needed to bring this organization into the 21st century.

“Planday is one of the excellent platforms we selected to do this, as we were extremely pleased with the platform’s willingness to understand our needs and to modify the platform to meet our unique requirements. Although we have an administrative team of 10 people, we manage over 100 employees in total. The bulk of our scheduling tasks are focused on scheduling classes for our teaching artists, who may have to teach at two or three different schools each day. Planday is essential for managing our teaching artist’s schedules and needs.

“Our staff feel very strongly about Planday. The teaching artists really appreciate they can punch in and out on their mobile phones while they are on the go between classes.”

Reporting At Your Fingertips

David Nussenbaum continued:

“My favourite aspect of Planday is the Reporting feature, as it allows us to access and aggregate data that we previously may not even have had access to, and even if we did, it would be time consuming to dig it out from paper records. With Planday, I can get what I need when I need it.

“Recently, we’ve had a records mismatch with one of our schools, and they asked us to show evidence of how many hours each of our artists worked there across the space of two years. We were able to produce this evidence in a matter of seconds, at the click of a button, and made sure that our teachers were paid fairly for all of their hours worked. This would not have been possible if we didn’t have Planday in place, and it means a lot that we can protect our staff in this way.

“For this reason, our staff feel very strongly about Planday. The teaching artists really appreciate they can punch in and out on their mobile phones while they are on the go between classes and always know about the latest changes in their schedules in real time.”

These kids in a lecture are making sure that they're learning everything they can about the arts

Bringing Opportunity To The Inner-City

David Nussenbaum’s final words:

“Although we’ve had many offers to expand outside of the Bronx, we feel our work is not done here yet. There’s a million and a half people in the Bronx, and there are not enough organisations like ours, which are able to bring this unique combination of live performance and education to the community.

“We are looking forward to expanding our program to even more schools and create even more symbiosis between our concerts and classes. Ultimately, we hope to inspire young people in the Bronx and show them that perhaps one day, it could be them performing up on the stage.”

To find out more about how Planday could help your company in similar ways, head on over to the Family Attraction Expo on 6th & 7th November at the NEC, Birmingham. Get your FREE ticket now - we can’t wait to meet you!