Summer Arts & Learning Academy

The Summer Arts & Learning Academy, Baltimore City Public School’s elementary grades summer program operated by Young Audiences, gives students 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!

The FREE full-day, five-week* program is an action-packed, highly engaging summer learning experience for Title I City Schools students currently in grades PreK–5.

Students 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 attend most of the program come back to school ahead of their peers in math and reading!

Applications for the 2019 Summer Arts & Learning Academy are now closed. Check back in Spring 2020 for the next opportunity to apply.


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.

Athletics, Reading Tutoring, and more!

The Academy also includes opportunities for our students to participate in athletics with Morgan State University and one-on-one reading tutoring with Reading Partners. These expanded offerings will be available to all students, with opportunities to participate in sports, to learn to code, and to have one-on-one literacy tutoring.

Summer Arts & Learning Academy

July 8–August 9, 2019

8:30 am–3:00 pm

Aftercare: 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

Free breakfast and lunch served each day.

2019 Academy Locations


About the Academy

The Summer Arts & Learning Academy is designed, led, and managed by Young Audiences/Arts for Learning for Baltimore City Public Schools. Now entering its 6th year, this free, 5-week program engages elementary grade students from Title-1 Baltimore City schools in a dynamic learning environment focused on literacy, math, and arts exploration. Students participate directly with teaching artists working in a variety of mediums, including:

painting, songwriting, acting, dance, slam poetry, illustration, drumming, ceramics, mixed media visual arts, photography, playwriting, percussion, hip hop music, filmmaking, African dance, spoken word, flamenco dance, storytelling and more!

Daily literacy and math classes are co-taught by an academic teacher and professional teaching artist allowing students to experience reading, writing, and math like never before: through the arts! Students might find themselves writing songs to summarize main ideas in a story or creating dance sequences to remember the steps in solving math word problems.

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The Summer Arts & Learning Academy has proven to be an effective way to prevent summer learning loss in literacy and math.

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 students from high-poverty districts, 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.

Major Funders

Middendorf Foundation



June 14, 2019

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February 18, 2019

Students in free arts-integrated program for City Schools realize growth in math, reading, writing, and social-emotional learning – especially for…

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December 17, 2018

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