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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 Bright StARTs program has recently expanded to serve ages 3 – 21 in a continued effort to be inclusive of Baltimore City Youth families and younger learners. 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 multiple 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 Enoch Pratt Library 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.