PLUS: Although the museum is currently closed, you can access more than 6,000 objects from the Lewis Museum’s Online Collections Portal here!
Located in the heart of Downtown Baltimore, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is the premier experience and best resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African American Marylanders. The Exhibits explore local African-American heritage through themes of family, community, history & art.
Young Audiences has partnered with the Baltimore City school district as well as with local artists and organizations to introduce a TV show: Arts & Learning Kids! This show premiered on Baltimore City Public Schools’ Channel 77 last month and brand new 30-minute episodes launch every week for all elementary grade bands—all of which support Baltimore City Public Schools’ Wit & Wisdom literacy and Eureka Math curricula. The shows are available online to allow greater access after each episode airs.
Arts & Learning Kids will have your children up and moving, laughing, and learning! The brand new educational TV show from Young Audiences uses the arts—like beatboxing, puppetry, tap dancing, singing, and more—to teach math and literacy skills at three different grade levels: PreK/K, 1/2, and 3-5. Check it out on City Schools TV Channel 77 (find the schedule at here) or watch now at yamd.org/kids.
Young Audiences has also been delivering Arts & Learning Snacks to the 18 meal sites around Baltimore. Young Audiences has partnered with groups like FutureMakers to create easy-to-use art kits that inspire and encourage creativity at home and make them available to 9,000 Baltimore families. Like Arts & Learning Kids, Snacks not only addresses the digital divide but ensures that the academic content students have access to also nurtures their personal and creative development.
Arts & Learning Snacks put arts materials directly into the hands of students—no Internet required! Pick up yours at select City Schools meal sites on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-1pm.
About Young Audiences/Arts for Learning
Young Audiences/Arts for Learning is the most far-reaching arts in education nonprofit in Maryland. Each year, we partner with hundreds of schools and community organizations in all 24 Maryland school districts to provide students—from pre-K to grade 12—with over 230,000 hours of discovery, inspiration, and hands-on learning and engagement through the arts.
The Maryland Office of Tourism has compiled aresource list of virtual experiences in Visual & Performing Arts.
Maryland’s many cultural institutions, organizations and groups are well-known for their creative vision. Now, these visionaries have moved on-line to bring visual and performing arts into your home. Below you will find examples of programs you and your family may find exciting, comforting, thought-provoking, fun or downright quirky. Most are free; some require registration. Enjoy.
BMORE ME Fine Arts Week was initially planned as a variety of live events spanning all five fine arts disciplines across the 172 schools and programs that comprise Baltimore City Public Schools. Adapting to the current crisis, the week has now gone virtual.
Virtual arts activities throughout the week include video game coding, ballet, theater, yoga and more.
BMORE ME includes the annual exhibit For your inspiration (F.Y.I), celebrating the innovation and skills of Baltimore City Public School students. It also honors the dedication and leadership of the art teachers who inspire and nurture young people and their families to be creative. The gallery honors those young people and art educators on their quest to discover the endless possibilities in the creation of art. Explore the gallery here.
Last month we shared a collection of writing from the Maryland Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. With works of poetry, fiction and memoir, these young writers across Maryland show immense talent and promise.
We’ll continue to share additional samples from the competition, which we hope may offer you a few moments of escape during this difficult time.
With the partnership and support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Grit Fund is offering Emergency Recovery Grants (ERG) ranging from $500-$1,000 to Baltimore based artists who applied to the 2020 Grit Fund, Grit Fund Alumni, and artists whose income and opportunities have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
TheERG Fund totals $100,000 and will provide approximately eighty grants to artists. These unrestricted $500-$1,000 grants may be used for immediate needs such as housing, utilities, food, childcare, healthcare, etc.
The Emergency Recovery Grant application is open Friday, April 24 through Friday, May 15, 2020, at 11:59pm.
Grant notification will be sent out no later than Friday, May 22, 2020.
The Baltimore Jewish Film Festival is now VIRTUAL! Join online from May 16 – June 10 for this diverse selection of dynamic, inspiring and meaningful films from around the world, examining Jewish history, heritage, and culture.