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Baltimore, Maryland 21218
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Summer Arts and Learning Academies


Enroll your student in YA’s FREE Summer Arts and Learning Academy!

Baltimore City Schools students, currently in grades K-5, have a 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 have the opportunity to imagine, create, and express who they are through the arts and try on art forms they never imagined—from poetry, hip hop music, and acting to drumming, pottery-making, and dance! They will explore math and literacy in a unique arts-integrated environment that prevents the summer learning slide, allows them to develop socially and emotionally, and expands their personal creative process. After summer, students who attend most of the 5-week program come back to school ahead of their peers in math and reading.

The full-day, five-week program is an action-packed, highly engaging summer learning experience!

July 10 – August 11, 2017

Summer Sites

Gardenville Elementary
Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle
Coldstream Park Elementary/Middle
James Mosher Elementary


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 K-5 (during the 2016- 2017 school year)

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New in 2017: Aftercare Available!

Smart Steps Children’s Centers will be on-site to provide aftercare for Academy students. Aftercare hours are from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Most students can attend aftercare for free!

Questions? Email Sarah Tilton at


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About the Summer Arts and Learning Academies

The Summer Arts and Learning Academies, operated by Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland (YA,) introduce 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 August 11, 2017.

On average, all children can lose approximately two months of learning from the previous school year during the summer months without engaging education 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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Boosting Student Creativity

When parents enrolled their children in YA’s Summer Arts and Learning Academy, they were asked why their child was interested in participating. Many stated that their children were creative and through the program would be able to enhance their skills; others emphasized the integrated academics or latent benefits of the arts; and still others celebrated the availability of the arts and educational summer program, as there are few such opportunities in Baltimore City.

“She is very talented but unfortunately there aren’t a lot of programs offered in Baltimore City that cater to these special talents that our children possess. I believe this will be an excellent opportunity [for her] to grow in the arts and take her talent to the next level.”

“Drawing, sketching, reading and music are a part of my son’s daily life. Art is his favorite subject in school. He is excited at the thought of going to a camp where he gets to explore the arts and learn from other artists. And as parents we are excited to see his growth as he gets the opportunity to delve deeper into his creativity.”

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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 and Learning Academies—from 800 children in 2016 to 1,100 children in 2017—and provide 1,100 of our City students with an unforgettable educational experience through joyful, arts-integrated learning!