Building Arts and Minds, Inc.

Building Arts and Minds, Inc.

Program Name: BAAMARTS

Award Amount: $62,480

Project Description: BAAMARTS is an Out-of-School-Time (OST) high school arts program serving 75 youth, grades 9-12, at Patterson High School in Baltimore’s Hopkins Bayview neighborhood. Patterson has (77%) low-income students and a state-high percentage of immigrant and refugee youth (37.9%). BAAMARTS celebrates all races, gender identities, religions, cultures, and countries of origin through artistic expression. BAAMARTS youth create individual and youth-led community art projects, developing artistic craft and appreciation — exploring artistic educational and career opportunities — while positively connecting with their peers, school, families, community, and the world. In year one, BAAMARTS youth created nine youth-led collaborative art projects and hundreds of individual art works using painting, ceramics, mosaics, digital, and mixed media. Engage diverse youth, teachers and administrators, family, and community members in a comprehensive Program Planning Project to: analyze youth and community problems and needs, set goals and objectives, evaluate alternative service delivery models, and help finalize service delivery plans. Recruit a diverse planning committee leading to the formation of a program advisory council.

The Program will also implement Out-of-School-Time high school arts program serving 75 youth, grades 9-12, at Patterson High School.

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