The Bmore Youth Arts Advocacy Council (BYAAC) is now in its second year and this year’s cohort has already been busy with meetings, advocacy training, planning for upcoming town halls, and building an arts education awareness campaign using social media. These students, under the direction of our Baltimore Arts Education Initiative Manager, Sheena Morrison, meet after school throughout the week and are given stipends for their hard work, creativity, and dedication to their advocacy efforts.
Each member of the Council has their own story of how the arts have impacted their lives and why they think arts education access is so important as well as a right for every student in the state of Maryland. Throughout the school year, the Council will continue the work started from last year’s cohort which includes conversations with school district leaders and politicians so they get a better understanding of how the system works as well as getting the opportunity to lend their voices and perspectives to the larger narrative.
Stay tuned throughout the year to learn more about BYAAC, each member, related events and how they are working together to make a difference for the arts in Baltimore City Public Schools!