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Free, FULL-DAY, in-person program for elementary grade students!

The Summer Arts & Learning Academy, Baltimore City Schools’ FREE program operated by Young Audiences, gives students in grades PreK-5 a fun summer packed with creative exploration and arts-integrated learning from the best teachers and professional teaching artists our state has to offer—all in person!

The full-day, six-week program is a fun-filled, active, and engaging summer learning experience that introduces students to new artforms, new ways of learning, and the joy of creative discovery. Students will develop socially and emotionally, expand their creative process, and explore new, powerful arts experiences that support their growth!

2021 SALA I

PreK-2nd grade students will participate in performing, visual, media, literary arts, and STEM lessons over the course of the program. Squads unite every week to share out, show off their work, and connect artists!


3rd-5th grade students will collaborate with classmates on arts or STEM-based creative challenges. New weekly components will be built into the challenges, culminating in a SALA-wide celebration!



8:30 am–3:00 pm

Academy Locations

The 2021 program will take place in person at school sites throughout Baltimore City. Locations will be announced soon!

Who can attend

Students who attend Title I Baltimore City Public Schools and are currently in grades PreK-5 (during the 2020–21 school year).


Aftercare will be available from 3–6:00 pm, Monday–Thursday. Your student(s) may qualify for a voucher that would reduce the cost of the program. Aftercare is provided by Smart Steps Children’s Centers.

SALA 2021 II

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

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