Through innovative arts-based summer programs, Young Audiences is closing the achievement gap in literacy and math, fostering creativity, critical thinking and a love of learning, and for older youth, building college and career readiness through real-world work experiences.

Our Summer Programs

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The Summer Arts & Learning Academy

More than 2,200 preK-5 Baltimore City students have the opportunity to experience reading, writing, and math like never before at Young Audiences’ free Summer Arts & Learning Academy (SALA).

The full-day five-week program introduces students to a wide variety of art forms—from poetry, hip hop music, and acting to drumming, pottery-making, and dance—and offers arts-integrated literacy and math classes co-taught by local teachers and professional teaching artists. By infusing the arts and making learning joyful, SALA students not only avoid summer learning loss but, in many cases, make gains. Aftercare is available to all students, and two nutritious meals are served each day.

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SummerREADS

Each summer, more than 500 K-8 Baltimore City students enjoy free drop-in literacy programs in beautifully renovated school libraries as part of SummerREADS.

In partnership with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project, and Baltimore City Public Schools, Young Audiences operates nine SummerREADS program sites, providing engaging literacy workshops with teaching artists, fun enrichment activities with special guests, and two nutritious meals in a safe and welcoming space.

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Bloomberg Arts Internship

Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and managed by Young Audiences, the Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) program places 35 Baltimore City rising seniors in paid internships at local arts and cultural institutions.

Students participate in a rigorous six-week program, providing crucial college and career readiness preparation through real world workplace experiences and professional development. Baltimore is now the third city to host the program along with New York City and Philadelphia.

“During the summer, Young Audiences reinforces key math and reading concepts through the arts and creative activities – and we’re pleased with the results we’ve seen. When students participate in summer learning programs that help them move ahead or reduce learning loss, they start the school year off stronger.”

—Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools

On the blog: Summer Learning

Study Shows YA’s Summer Arts & Learning Academy Exceeds Expectations in Supporting Academic and Social-Emotional Growth

February 18, 2019

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

Young Audiences Art Crawl

Inspire, Imagine, Improve!

December 17, 2018

Written by Barbara Krebs, Young Audiences volunteer and Sunburst Society member A few weeks ago, I was happy to attend…

Jason Baker

smARTbeats with Jason Baker of Fractal Cat

November 5, 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…