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Summer with Arts for Learning Maryland – A Recap

Another A4L amazing summer is in the books… and on easels, and on stage, and in lyrics…!

Over the last three months, 2,265 students engaged in Arts for Learning Maryland summer programs. They got creative, explored new art forms, enhanced their learning of traditional subjects through the arts, and prepared for their future academic and personal successes!

Students used music and rhythm to practice counting, theatre to better understand the stories they were reading, photography to capture the science around them, and much, much (much!) more!

Speaking of counting, summer with Arts for Learning Maryland by-the-numbers included:

2,265 students in PreK through 11th grade
103 teaching artists who used their amazing talents to inspire students, introducing them to music, theater, dance, writing, storytelling, painting, illustration, spoken word poetry, photography, sculpture, and embroidery
307 educators and supporting staff who integrated the arts into their teaching to create dynamic, interactive learning experiences
30,000+ pieces of art created by students

These numbers exceed last summer, with more students, more impact, and more creative arts-integrated learning! Here’s how it all happened:

Summer Arts for Learning Academy: In this free six-week program, thousands of PreK through 6th-grade students at nine sites across Baltimore City worked with educators and teaching artists to build literacy and math skills through the arts while diving deep into art forms of their choosing. This was the largest iteration of SALA in its eight-year history! Find photos from this summer here.

Summer Arts for Learning at Goodnow: Dozens of students loved this free program at Arts for Learning at Goodnow, the newly reopened community center managed by Arts for Learning in East Baltimore’s Frankford neighborhood. Students worked with artists to dance, write poetry, learn to DJ, and even practice yoga and mindfulness. Find photos here.

Bloomberg Arts Internship Program: 40 rising City Schools seniors – the most interns in the history of the Baltimore program – gained meaningful work experience through paid internships at 18 local arts institutions, supplemented by mentorship and guidance on writing, college applications, and career readiness. Check out a photo gallery from the program, here.