5300 Belair Rd
Baltimore, Maryland 21206
The Summer Arts & Learning Academy, operated by Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland (YA), introduces students to a wide variety of art forms – from illustration and spoken word to percussion, drama, and dance—and gives students a chance to work alongside students from across the city and be taught by professional teaching artists.
Daily literacy and math classes are co-taught by a teacher and teaching artist allowing students to experience reading, writing, and math like never before: through the arts! Students have the opportunity to imagine, create, and express who they are through the arts and try on art forms they never imagined. Students will travel to different arts destinations across the city, and their work will be celebrated through a student showcase.
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 low-income students, 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. Programs like the Summer Arts Academy aim to provide students with a safe place to go during the day, access to free healthy meals, adequate adult supervision, and positive, educational activities.