2019 End of Year Update from the Baltimore Arts Education Initiative

In collaboration with the Baltimore City Public School District, arts partners and educators, we are thrilled to share implementation highlights of the Fine Arts Strategic Plan for School Year 2019-2020: 

  • After years of decline, Baltimore City added 28 new fine arts teacher positions across the district resulting in a 15% increase in access to certified arts educators. See our Dec. 10, 2019 data presentation to the School Board of Commissioners.

  • The National Endowment for the Arts announced a $100,000 grant to support implementation of the Fine Arts Plan. The T. Rowe Price Foundation and MECU provided a second year of support for the Baltimore Arts Education Initiative. 

  • Arts Every Day purchased $30k in arts supplies, equipment, and musical instruments for schools that expanded Fine Arts staffing. 

  • In collaboration with the Baltimore City Fine Arts Office, Arts Every Day launched a Professional Learning Community (PLC) to support new arts teachers. 

  • Convening of an Advisory Committee and Instrumental Music Working Group.

Here is what we are looking forward to in the New Year!

  • Launch of the Artlook Maryland, a comprehensive, statewide arts education data map in collaboration with our statewide advocacy partner Arts Education in Maryland Schools. 

  • Launch of the Baltimore Artist Series, video and curricular resources to help teachers connect learning to Baltimore’s thriving local artist community. 

  • Working Group reports on Instrumental Music expansion and High School depth of study in the Fine Arts. 

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