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The Baltimore City Arts Council manages a group of dedicated, art-loving teens from across Baltimore City who serve on the Youth Arts Council (YAC). The council’s activities are designed by the selected teens to inspire and empower other local youth through arts programming and advocacy, while receiving professional development and mentorship from invested arts and educational partners.
The Baltimore City Arts Council is the only arts council in the state of Maryland that houses a Youth Council, recognizing the need for the perspective of young creatives in developing arts programming and policy. In addition to providing these youth leaders with a monetary stipend, the Baltimore City Arts Council also provides leadership, professional development, and mentorship opportunities for these young people throughout the year.
Applications are now CLOSED for the BOPA Youth Arts Council.
Do you have to be an artist to join the youth council?
No, but an artist can be many things-an artist can write, perform, draw, cook, enjoy working with others towards a common goal, etc. These are all activities that BOPA considers art forms.
How will this help me with my professional career?
The Youth Arts Council is a great addition to your resume for college or future jobs. It says that you have worked at a major arts organization, have skills in public event planning, understand educational policy, and know how to collaborate with peers to achieve a goal. Working with other teens to problem solve and advocate for arts access helps to build critical thinking skills.
How often does the council meet?
The council typically meets bi-weekly (every other week) at BOPA for (2) hours after school during the week. On weeks when BOPA hosts Youth Arts Council produced activities, the council may meet more frequently.
How long can a teen be a member of the youth council?
Teens who choose to can remain members of the Council for the duration of their high school career until graduation (through 12th grade) and as near peer council members after high school.
Devin Schacklett | Arts Council Program Coordinator