Since 1991, the Bright StARTS Art Program has offered a unique arts education program to the children of Baltimore City. This program is part of the Arts Education Initiative of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and is housed at the School 33 Art Center in South Baltimore. By providing under-served youngsters with important enrichment in art and culture, free of charge, Bright StARTS has become a model for arts education in Baltimore City.
The mission of the Bright StARTS Art Program is to provide Baltimore’s children with the broadest possible view of the world through the arts. To accomplish this, Bright StARTS offers workshops taught by professional artist/educators in a wide variety of artistic disciplines and media. These disciplines include; painting, drawing, sculpture, drama, dance, music, spoken word and poetry.
In September 2003, the Bright StARTS Art Program began servicing Baltimore City students through after-school programs. The workshops are primarily designed for children ages 7 – 13, although throughout the program year (October – June) several special programs are offered for teens 14 – 19 and younger children 5 – 6. The vast majority of students served in the Bright StARTS Art Program are residents from low – moderate income, African-American communities in Baltimore City, including but not exclusive to Govans, Park Heights, the North Avenue corridor (east & west), Cherry Hill and Harlem Park. During the current program year, we are extending our outreach to more diverse and non-traditional after-school programs.
The program provides 40, 4-session workshops throughout the school year in a variety of after-school program sites, such as schools, recreation centers and community centers. For example, Bright StARTS has partnered with Baltimore’s YMCAs to bring quality arts workshops to many of their after-school programs. We have been able to provide quality arts instruction to hundreds of children through this partnership alone.
Information for teaching artists
The Bright StARTS Art Workshops are held in after-school programs, which are located in schools, churches, and community and recreation centers in under-served neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City.
Are you an art teacher with experience teaching children? We’d like to hear from you. Please send us an email expressing your interest in working in the Bright StARTS program and we will respond with information on how to apply.
For more information: Nicoletta De La Brown, Bright StARTS Coordinator