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Since 1991, the Bright StARTS Art Program has offered a unique arts education program to the children of Baltimore City. This program is part of the Arts Education Initiative of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and is housed at the School 33 Art Center in South Baltimore. By providing under-served youngsters with important enrichment in art and culture, free of charge, Bright StARTS has become a model for arts education in Baltimore City.
In September 2003, the Bright StARTS Art Program began servicing Baltimore City students through after-school programs. The workshops are primarily designed for children ages 7 – 13, although throughout the program year (October – June) several special programs are offered for teens 14 – 19 and younger children 5 – 6. The vast majority of students served in the Bright StARTS Art Program are residents from low – moderate income, African-American communities in Baltimore City, including but not exclusive to Govans, Park Heights, the North Avenue corridor (east & west), Cherry Hill and Harlem Park. During the current program year, we are extending our outreach to more diverse and non-traditional after-school programs.
The program provides 40, 4-session workshops throughout the school year in a variety of after-school program sites, such as schools, recreation centers and community centers. For example, Bright StARTS has partnered with Baltimore’s YMCAs to bring quality arts workshops to many of their after-school programs. We have been able to provide quality arts instruction to hundreds of children through this partnership alone.