Arts Every Day provides funding and professional development in arts integration to 36 Baltimore City Schools, 80% of which are high-need schools. Our funds support artist residencies, workshops, and trips to local museums and institutions across the City. Professional development and individualized school support empowers teachers as to serve as leaders within their school communities. Each year we serve over 17,000 students and 1,200 educators, but more importantly, we partner with schools over the long term to inspire lasting change.
For example, Arts Every Day sponsored a teaching artist residency by Michelle Dunn at Abbottston Elementary School. Through comics and narrative art, Ms. Dunn challenged students to “read” art and construct meaning and stories relying solely on visual clues. Students then used the elements of writing and comic book illustration to construct a visual story. An Abbottston classroom teacher noted, “My students typically have a challenging time identifying a main character, setting, problem, and solution in a text. By illustrating comics, students at all levels had the opportunity to exhibit their knowledge through an alternate means to strictly writing.”
Sire R. had this to say in his student reflection “What I like about comics is that you can make your own superhero, your own setting, and your own WORLD! Anything can happen in your story… it is up to you.”
Arts Every Day has emerged as a leading voice of advocacy actively working towards equity and access for all Baltimore City Schools students. Our advocacy efforts have been well received at the district, City government, and state level. Here is just a glimpse of what Arts Every Day has accomplished in 2014:
· Provided over $165,000 in funding for arts programs, teacher professional development, and staff support to 35 schools
· Leveraged 2,062 free student tickets and 24 free buses through partnerships with cultural institutions citywide
· Collaboratively organized fifteen arts organizations and 150+ students, parents, educators and to attend the meeting of the Baltimore City School Board of Commissioners to show grassroots support for the arts in education
· Connected teachers district-wide to arts organizations through six educator events hosted by The Walters Art Museum, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, The Jewish Museum of Maryland, The National Aquarium, CenterStage, and The American Visionary Art Museum
· Created and piloted a Design Thinking Curriculum in partnership with the National Aquarium and the Maryland Institute College of Art
· Organized student art shows at Baltimore City Hall and The Maryland Zoo exhibiting 250 individual pieces of artwork
· Engaged over 500 students and parents through family art events and outreach
Our work brings students to museums and performances, professional performances to school stages, and artists into classrooms. We build creative learning communities for teachers, inspires school-wide change, and advocacy for all children in Baltimore City.
Arts Every Day’s work would not be possible without the support of people like you who understand just how important the arts are to keeping students amazed, engaged, and inspired.