Last November, after 71 years as “Young Audiences of Maryland,” we changed our name to honor what has long been true: our students are no longer audience members, but active participants in their own education. Today, we are Arts for Learning Maryland.
At Arts for Learning we live in the space of possibility. We strive to shape a future of education that advances justice, equity, and belonging. This year, returning to the classroom, we served 93,882 K-12 students with residencies, assemblies, and workshops. Our early learning programs for ages 0-6 reached over 17,000 with early language, motor skills, and social-emotional development. In February, 36,014 students registered for Blacktastic!, our virtual celebration of Black history and culture. In June, we took over operations of our first community center in NW Baltimore, Goodnow Community Center. We expanded our FREE Summer Arts for Learning Academy to nine Baltimore City Public Schools, reaching 2,150 students. Our Collaborative Growth Project is training our teaching artists to collaborate, prioritizing humanity and healing in the classroom.
This is a moment in our organizational history, where we’re being seen as an effective model in education, even at the national level. Over the next four years, the U.S. Department of Education will be investing four million dollars to research the benefits of our model of pairing teaching artists with classroom teachers. Our purpose? To shape the future of education.
This continued growth is possible thanks to our passionate Arts for Learning community. I’m proud to share our accomplishments from this year with you. I look forward to the future we are building together.
Stacie Sanders Evans
President & CEO