Through the arts, students can learn how to discover not only the possibilities the world offers, but also their own possibilities. - Elliot Eisner
WHO WE ARE
BYA uses the arts to engage youth with the goal of building long-lasting, mentoring relationships. We provide artistic and entrepreneurial opportunities to youth so that they can hone their talents and use them to shape the world.We believe that the arts are a path towards self sufficiency and personal liberation as well as social, emotional, and educational development.
WHAT WE DO
BYA currently runs 2 main programs, an after school enrichment program, and the BYA Studio Apprentice program, an employment program with a focus on young people transitioning out of secure facilities in and around Baltimore.
BYA’s enrichment program allows us to enter into two juvenile justice centers to connect with youth. We offer a variety of classes ranging from the visual arts to creative writing and poetry. As youth return to the community they are invited to join us at the BYA Community Studio where they are able to apply for employment as spaces become available.
BYA Apprentices receive in-depth arts education and programming. They are trained in a number of artistic techniques, including painting, drawing, screen printing, sewing, and digital design. In addition to the creative skills gained, youth staff take part in weekly Job and Life Skills trainings in which they create resumes, apply to jobs, take part in a financial literacy class, and work on interview skills. Youth at the Community Studio also take part in weekly conversations about leadership and social justice issues.
IN THE PAST YEAR-
+Over 300 youth took part in BYA arts classes
+24 Youth were employed in the BYA Apprentice Program
+Youth exhibited and sold their work in three gallery shows
+BYA youth artists sold their work at six separate fairs and pop-up events
+We produced two issues of our publication, Gathering
In Fall 2017, the BYA Studio Apprentice Program will be expanding to include a youth-run gallery that will engage young people, ages 14-21, in the curation of monthly exhibitions at Platform Arts Center. Youth will engage in every step of the curatorial process, working together to develop content, research and contact relevant artists, as well as help to design and install each show.
We are so excited to be able to expand and develop a larger platform for youth artists. This is an amazing opportunity, but will require a great deal of support ($ +
YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL SUPPORT
+Stipends for Youth Apprentices
+Cost of Materials for Classes at BYA Satellite Sites +Community Studio and Gallery Rent
+Gallery Support for Youth Artists
+Gathering, BYA’s Publication Series
+Trips to Job Fairs and Field Trips to Job Training Programs for Older Youth
“Working at BYA has given me things that I did not expect to find, such as a new family and close friends and I have met some great artists such as Jerrell and Dave. So far I’ve been to a lot of galleries that I like, for example Galerie Myrtis and City Arts.” Kendrick, 18
“Working at BYA I learned that it’s okay to be openly creative with what you’re passionate about and that you’d be surrounded by people who would make you feel comfortable and laugh.” Anonymous, 15
“I Like BYA because it’s helpful in lots of ways. It helps me with art, school, looking for other jobs, thinking about college, and keeps me out of trouble. BYA also helps other people in the program with looking for housing, childcare, insurance, transportation, and teaching people how to take care of their babies. I am thankful for all the staff in BYA because they take their time to help us with our needs and wants, pay us, and open us up to many more programs and activities that help us.” Alexis, 14
ABOUT BALTIMORE YOUTH ARTS
Baltimore Youth Arts is an arts education and job readiness program for youth, with a focus on those who have contact with the juvenile and criminal justice system. Our mission is to assist youth in gaining creative, personal, and educational skills that will enable them to become leaders in their communities.
BYA focuses on 1. Exposure to art making and creative training, 2. Fostering supportive relationships, and 3. Building community bridges. Considering the complex needs of youth, and the diverse opportunities in Baltimore, our goal is to provide holistic support to participants while encouraging interaction between youth and the greater community. We believe that all youth need access to programming and opportunities that offer skill building while promoting individual growth.
The arts are a vehicle for youth to explore their agency; transform themselves and their surroundings; use their voice and communicate their thoughts and ideas; re-connect to their communities; make new connections to peers and adults; identify and manage their emotions; and gain a wealth of hard and soft skills.
Our mission is not merely to provide arts classes, but to allow participants the opportunity to access their full potential so that they feel equipped to advocate for themselves and others.
**All donations made to this campaign are tax deductible through Fusion Partnerships, BYA's fiscal sponsor.
Thank you so much for your support!!!
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