Smart Growth: Onward in Unison

12/12/2018

Have you noticed how much we’re growing? Our staff is now 29 people strong! That collective energy is felt every day, but it really blew us all away as new and veteran staff sang together at the start of our…

smARTbeats with Jason Baker of Fractal Cat

11/05/2018

smARTbeats returns to WTMD on Saturday, November 10 during the weekly children’s program Young At Heart! On this month’s segment, host Lisa Mathews talks with Jason Baker, one of our talented teaching artists from Summer Arts & Learning Academy (SALA). Jason is a board-certified music therapist and teaching artist…

A Contemporary Armillary Sphere for the Community

10/04/2018

Chesapeake Arts Center (CAC) Resident Artist and UMBC Visual Arts Professor Stephen Bradley’s work spans many disciplines. His art explores our relationship to place through ambient sound recordings, landscape photography, and recorded stories juxtaposed with artifacts discarded or lost in…

Arts Empowered Minds Initiative: Prioritizing Children and Learning

09/07/2018

Written by Barbara Krebs, Young Audiences volunteer and Sunburst Society member It’s all about priorities. There are only 24 hours in a day, and as a busy person, you have to prioritize the most important things. I could tell that…

Young Audiences Selected as Grantee of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ AIM Program

09/06/2018

Young Audiences / Arts for Learning Maryland will participate in $43 million program Young Audiences announced that it is a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity…

Arts Integration: 1 + 2 = Fun!

08/17/2018

Written by Barbara Krebs, Young Audiences volunteer and Sunburst Society member When I was studying for exams in college, I would often create a strong visual image to help me remember test items. For example – the 6 C’s of…

It Takes a Village

08/08/2018

Written by Barbara Krebs, Young Audiences volunteer and Sunburst Society member Field trip! Remember the excitement you felt as a kid when you got to explore the world outside your classroom for the day, file on the bus, and leave…

smARTbeats is back with Khaleshia Thorpe-Price!

07/13/2018

smARTbeats returns to WTMD on Saturday, June 14 during the weekly children’s program Young At Heart! On this month’s segment, host Lisa Mathews talks with the multi-talented Khaleshia Thorpe-Price. Khaleshia is a musician, actor, and Young Audiences teaching artist with a contagious and explosive energy for the arts that fills students…

Building a Network of Support in the Arts

07/03/2018

The school year may only have just ended, but this year’s cohort of Bloomberg Arts Interns have already been hard at work for three weeks now. They attended a week of rigorous orientation and participated in behind-the-scenes tours and presentations at…

Andrew Greene Shares the Art of Ragtime on smARTbeats!

06/08/2018

smARTbeats returns to WTMD on Saturday, June 9 during the weekly children’s program Young At Heart! On this month’s segment, host Lisa Mathews sits down for a chat with pianist, conductor, musicologist, and founder of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, Andrew Greene. A new addition to the Young Audiences…

Summer All Year

05/16/2018

 Written by Jaime Clough The 2nd grade Baltimore City Public Schools teacher spoke about how the tools she learned at Summer Arts & Learning Academy have informed her teaching and transformed her classroom at Young Audiences’ annual Impact Breakfast earlier this…

Future So Bright

05/15/2018

Written by Jahsol Drummond The 2017 Bloomberg Arts Intern and Filmmaker delivered the following speech at Young Audiences’ annual Impact Breakfast earlier this month. My name is Jahsol Drummond. I am eighteen and currently a senior at Bard High School…

It Only Takes a Spark…

05/09/2018

Written by Barbara Krebs, Young Audiences volunteer and Sunburst Society member Spark. Ahh, now that’s a great word. Quick, simple, to the point.  And it’s versatile – noun or verb – it’s all good. And if you’re a fan of…

Steve Cyphers Talks the Physics of Sound on smARTbeats!

05/04/2018

smARTbeats returns to WTMD this Saturday, May 5 during the weekly children’s program Young At Heart! On this month’s segment, host Lisa Mathews sits down for a chat with professional frontman and percussionist, Young Audiences teaching artist Steve Cyphers. Tune in and you’ll hear why Maryland…

STEM Cells? Nah, STEAM Sells!

04/27/2018

Written by Barbara Krebs, Young Audiences volunteer and Sunburst Society member Excited. Proud. Love. These are the three words that I heard repeatedly as I attended the unveiling of the mural that sixth-grade students from Brooklyn Park Middle School created. Though…

Donor Spotlight: PNC Bank

04/26/2018

Young Audiences of Maryland (YA) believes that every student – even the smallest ones – should have the opportunity to imagine, create, and realize their full potential through the arts. That is why YA serves as the Maryland affiliate of…

Donor Spotlight: M&T Bank

04/26/2018

For 58 years, Young Audiences of Maryland (YA) has been combining arts and education to create inventive and exciting learning experiences for children across the state. We believe that these experiences shouldn’t stop when the school year does, so we…

Repping Baltimore: Young Poets Take the Stage

04/13/2018

Children have a lot to say. Slam Poet and YA teaching artist Femi the Drifish worked with students in last year’s Summer Arts & Learning Academy to help them get their poem to the stage for all of Artscape to…

Realizing Possibility: Announcing the 2018 Bloomberg Arts Internship Partners

04/13/2018

Young Audiences is excited to announce the arts and culture worksite partners for the 2018 Bloomberg Arts Internship in Baltimore. This year’s expansion of the program meant that we needed to partner with even more of Baltimore’s high-quality, renown institutions…

Storytelling Visualized: Assigning Functions to a Narrative

04/02/2018

You can feel a good story in your core- the sadness, the suspense, the bitterness, and the beauty. We are good at registering and reacting to all of the characters, events, and plot twists a story throws at us, but…

Summer Arts & Learning Academy to Double in Size, Serve 2,200 Students

03/23/2018

Young Audiences’ Summer Arts & Learning Academy (SALA), the innovative, free, five-week arts-integration program for Baltimore City Public Schools students, will double in size this summer, expanding to eight sites and serving nearly 2,200 students across Baltimore City. New data…

smARTbeats: Up to Eleven!

03/21/2018

It’s been almost a year since we announced our partnership with WTMD to feature YA teaching artists on their family-favorite Saturday morning radio show Young At Heart! Since May 6, 2017, host Lisa Mathews—YA teaching artist and lead singer of…

Rock and Roll and Learn: smARTbeats returns with Elias Schutzman

03/07/2018

smARTbeats returns to WTMD this Saturday, March 10 during the weekly children’s program Young At Heart! On this month’s segment, host Lisa Mathews sits down for a chat with Young Audiences teaching artist and internationally renowned resident rock and roll…

The Flavor of Math: Understanding Algebraic Terms

03/04/2018

What do you call a collection of two or more equations using the same set of unknowns? Can you identify the variables and constants in a mathematic expression? Why would a person ever use the Method of Matrices? If you…

smartbeats is Back with Uncle Devin!

02/05/2018

smARTbeats returns to WTMD this Saturday, February 10 during the weekly children’s program Young At Heart! On this month’s segment, hostLisa Mathews sits down for a chat with the original “Drumcussionist,” Young Audiences teaching artist Uncle Devin. Tune in and…

Bloomberg Arts Internships to Expand this Summer

02/02/2018

The Bloomberg Arts Internship program is returning to Baltimore this summer, expanding to 35 paid, six-week internships for Baltimore City rising seniors at local arts and cultural institutions.

Building Up STEAM

01/24/2018

Written by Barbara Krebs, Young Audiences volunteer and Sunburst Society member If you follow education trends even a little, you can’t avoid the STEM acronym. In fact, at many area high schools, getting a slot in the highly popular STEM…

Jamaal “Mr Root” Collier Talks smARTbeats on Young At Heart

01/09/2018

smARTbeats is back this Saturday, January 13 on WTMD during the weekly children’s program Young At Heart! On this month’s segment, host Lisa Mathews sits down for a chat with Hip Hop performer, YA teaching artist, and Maryland Wolf Trap Artist, Jamaal “Mr. Root” Collier. A dynamic…

Young Audiences Hires New Chief Operating Officer, Creates New Director of Summer Learning Position

12/11/2017

Young Audiences, the statewide nonprofit that boosts student achievement by bringing arts integration into classrooms and children’s learning experiences, has hired Leyla Layman as its new Chief Operating Officer. Former Young Audiences COO Kurtis Donnelly will remain with the organization,…

America Celebrates: Maryland

12/07/2017

In 1923, a 48-foot Balsam fir was erected by the District of Columbia Public Schools to the south of the White House. The tree was decorated, lit, and named the “National Christmas Tree.” Though the trees have varied, the National Christmas Tree still…