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Young Audiences / Arts for Learning

2600 North Howard Street, Suite 1300
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
(410) 837-7577

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Summer Arts & Learning Academy

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Enroll your student in our FREE Summer Arts & Learning Academy!

Baltimore City Public School’s elementary grades summer program operated by Young Audiences gives students a once in once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend their summer learning from the best teachers and professional teaching artists our state has to offer—all while having fun!

Students will explore math and literacy in a unique arts-integrated environment that prevents summer learning loss, allows them to develop socially and emotionally, and expands their personal creative process. After summer, students who attended most of the program came back to school ahead of their peers in math and reading!

“My kids actually want to read when they come home now.”
Parent, 2017 Academy

The full-day, five-week program is an action-packed, highly engaging summer learning experience for students currently in grades PreK-5.


Summer Sites

Gardenville Elementary*
Edgecomb Circle Elementary
Dorothy I. Height Elementary
Lakeland Elementary/Middle*
Lyndhurst Elementary/Middle*
Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle*
Sinclair Lane Elementary
Steuart Hill Academic Academy

*PreK classes are only available
at these schools

Dates and Times
July 9 to August 10, 2018

Monday – Friday
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Aftercare: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Who can Enroll?

Students who attend Title I Baltimore City Schools and are currently in grades PreK-5 (during the 2017- 2018 school year)












Aftercare is available!

Smart Steps Children’s Centers will be on-site to provide aftercare for Academy students.  Your child may qualify for a voucher that would reduce the cost of the program. Read our FAQ to learn more.


Playworks Maryland is excited to once again partner with Young Audiences to bring recess to Summer Arts and Learning Academy. Playworks’ mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe and meaningful play. Playworks is the leading nonprofit in the country to leverage play as a tool to promote healthy behaviors and improve the learning environment in elementary schools. Our goal is to establish play and recess as a core strategy for teaching social-emotional skills, conflict negotiation strategies, and to create a safe space for improved learning in schools.


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About the Summer Arts & Learning Academy

The Summer Arts & Learning Academy, operated by Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland (YA), introduces students to a wide variety of art forms – from illustration and spoken word to percussion, drama, and dance—and gives students a chance to work alongside students from across the city and be taught by professional teaching artists.

Daily literacy and math classes are co-taught by a teacher and teaching artist allowing students to experience reading, writing, and math like never before: through the arts! Students have the opportunity to imagine, create, and express who they are through the arts and try on art forms they never imagined. Students will travel to different arts destinations across the city, and their work will be celebrated through a student showcase.

On average, all children can lose approximately two months of learning from the previous school year during the summer months without engaging educational activities, and for low-income students, the loss is even greater. More than half of the achievement gap between low-income students and their more affluent peers can be attributed to the unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Programs like the Summer Arts Academy aim to provide students with a safe place to go during the day, access to free healthy meals, adequate adult supervision, and positive, educational activities.

View photos from last year’s Academy!



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Help Fund This Program!

Your donation to Young Audiences/Arts for Learning will help support the expansion of the Summer Arts & Learning Academy—from 1,100 children in 2017 to 2,200 children in 2018—and provide 2,200 of our City students with an unforgettable educational experience through joyful, arts-integrated learning!