Baltimore Rising: Bringing Art Activism to the Classroom

On Friday, October 20th, 2017 Arts Every Day in partnership with the Maryland Art Education Association (MAEA) will host the panel discussion Baltimore Rising: Bringing Art Activism to the Classroom.  Members from the Baltimore arts community will discuss how creative practice and teaching in the arts can spark critically engaging responses to the conditions and events leading to the Baltimore Uprising and after. Panelists are: Tony Shore, Painter and MICA professor; Marcel Martin, music producer and founder of Kariz Kids Youth Enrichment; Maria Aldana, Education Director at the Creative Alliance; Vanessa Jackson, Arts Integration Coordinator at Arts Every Day and Director of Dance at Coppin State University; and Becky Slogeris, Social Design Professor. This event, moderated by Arts Every Day staff member Precious Blake, will be held at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) during the 2017 annual State Conference organized by MAEA.

This event will also introduce an online catalog of artwork, essays, and lesson plans from the art exhibit, Baltimore Rising, curated by Tony Shore in November 2016.

Baltimore Rising featured works that ranged widely in subject and media but were connected in reflecting the circumstances that led to and have continued to affect Baltimore communities after the Uprising.  Inspired by the exhibit, a group of educators were brought together with a common desire: to create useful resources that connect contemporary art addressing social justice themes to the classroom. The resulting plans provide an array of open ended art prompts that can be adapted to suit a variety of education settings and age groups. Each plan is connected to an artwork from the Baltimore Rising exhibit and includes a suggested sequence for introducing the art and themes, creating personal responses, and sharing finished pieces. The plans are flexible and show a variety of ways that the exhibit could be used as inspiration in teaching. Some of the lessons use the work of one artist. Others draw on several pieces to support the themes and big ideas that lead the lesson. The lessons can be used in classrooms, after school programs, and art making events for youth in Baltimore and beyond. Themes and definitions preface the plans to enrich the connection between the lesson concepts and artwork in the Baltimore Rising Exhibit.

View the lesson plans here.

Precious Blake and Educator Rachel Valsing will also be curating the culminating student exhibit Baltimore Rising: Youth Art which is an opportunity for educators to use the lesson plans as a guide to create and submit student art work or performances. Submissions will be included in an online gallery on MICA’s website in Spring 2018.


  • Must be under 25 and either live or work in Baltimore City
  • Submit at least a 200 dpi .jpeg or .tiff of a 2D or 3D art piece -OR- a 3 (three) minute performance video

*note* It is not required to follow a lesson plan in order to submit work.

Deadline: 11:59pm on February 23rd, 2018.

Submit Work

Questions? Contact Rachel Valsing at


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