The Public Art Grant for Baltimore City Schools awards up to $5,000 for 2-4 Baltimore City Public Schools who implement an outcome based art project that will have a long- term educational impact on their students and the surrounding community.

Starting in 2014, AED has offered project based funds to our partner Baltimore City Public Schools providing teachers an avenue to use the arts as a source of community building, healing, and understanding. We know in our hearts – backed up by hard evidence – that arts education dramatically increases student, parent and teacher engagement, while improving student attendance, participation, engagement, and reading proficiency.

It helps students:

• Connect to the larger world, improving community cohesion;

• Learn more and score higher on standardized tests;

• Experience more community and family involvement globally.

HOW TO APPLY:

A Baltimore City Public School teacher who will be the lead coordinator for the project applies online with a project concept, proposed artist partner/ provider, budget and timeline—including at least one community outreach day and unveiling event.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of community members and AED partners.

Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a Baltimore City Public School
  • Project must include one community workday and/or event
  • Project must be permanent/site specific
  • Proposed budget must not exceed $5,000
  • Projects must be completed by June 2022
  • Projects proposals must include a letter of support from the school’s Principal

Grant Timeline:

October 1st / Call for Proposals

December 17th / Proposals due

January 2022 / Winners Notified

June 2022 / Project completion deadline


IMPACT FUND PROJECT MAP

1. Western High School: The Dove Project
Awarded $3,000
The students will create mosaic doves that will fly across the facade of Western High school. Two art classes of students will be taught how to conduct workshops in creating the mosaic doves by the artist partner, Toby Rivkin, so they can then conduct workshops with teachers, parents, alumnae and students.

3. Reginald F. Lewis High School: Baltimore Album Peace Quilt
Awarded $5,000
Students from Reginald F. Lewis High School English and Visual Arts classes will collaborate with community partners including: Reginald, F. Lewis PTO and alumni families, Hannah Brancato of FORCE, The Y of Central Maryland, North Barclay Green development, and Towson University art education department to create a quilt in response to the loss of two students within the span of just a couple of months. The memory of these students will be captured in the quilt as students, families and community members work together to create quilting squares that will not only serve as a moment for everyone involved to connect and heal, but also a chance for student to express how violence has affected their lives. Upon completion, the quilt will be displayed at the North Barclay Green Community Center prior to being permanently installed on the walls of the high school.

5. Dorothy I. Height Elementary: The HEIGHT of Achievement
Awarded $3,000
The HEIGHT of Achievement is a mural and family paint project honoring Dr. Height, the school’s namesake, in collaboration with Creative Nomads, whose mission is to “enhance the professional development of arts entrepreneurs and to provide access to art, music, and cultural education and programming for youth and families.” Together, Delta Sigma Theta (the sorority Dr. Height belonged to), 5th grade students, families and teachers will work on a mural that will emphasize the excellence of character, achieving goals, and leaving a legacy. As 5th graders transition to middle school, they will have the opportunity to leave something behind that will live in the halls of the school and remind them that, as they move through life, they will always have the opportunity to leave behind a legacy.

2. Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School: Inclusion Mosaic
Awarded $5,000
Sue Stockman in collaboration with the students of MERVO will create a small welcoming space where the extended community can sit and contemplate, finding their inner calm as they observe and meditate on color and form of the sculptural mosaic designs.

4. Excel Academy: Black Magic Art Show 2.0
Awarded $5,000
Black Magic Art Show 2.0, presented by Luvs Art Project & Excel Academy is a collaborative art project that includes art students of Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood High School, art instructor Anthony McKissic, and Troy Staton, President of Luvs Art Project, housed at New Beginnings Unisex Barbershop. The show opens a new dialogue into the realm of music and social media platforms, pushing their expressive energies with oral traditions and paintings. By collaborating with Luvs Art Project, students under the direction of their art instructor, Anthony McKissic, will discuss social themes around the academic work of Dr. Lawrence Brown’s “White L” and “Black Butterfly.” Students have the opportunity to curate and show their work in an exhibit that will introduce leadership and team building skills, foster a connection to their communities, as well as establishing them as exhibiting artists.

6. Creative City Public Charter: Be Creative: A Place-Based Community Mural
Awarded $3,000
The school community will participate in a collaborative process to design a building mural that reflects their core philosophy of Place-Based Education – the idea that students learn best when learning is authentically tied to real-life experiences and the places with which students are most familiar. Students in grades K-5, their families, their teachers, and nearby Park Heights neighbors will participate in 3 design workshops to bring the ideas of Place-Based Education to life on an exterior mural.