On March 13, 2020 Governor Hogan issued an executive order closing all schools in the State of Maryland in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Soon after, a shelter-in-place order closed all non-essential businesses and public places including museums, theaters and arts organizations. Teachers quickly shifted instruction to an online platform, however the historical digital divide that leaves many students without technology and/or internet access prevents equitable accessibility to distance learning. This has left families scrambling, arts organizations shuttered and many artist contractors unemployed. While it is unclear what summer camp 2020 will look like, social distance restrictions on operations are likely to remain in place which motivated a growing number of arts and cultural organizations to pool resources and ideas to find a creative and engaging way to support summer learning.

Project Overview: Organized by Arts Every Day, the Baltimore Arts Passport is a printed booklet exploring Baltimore-based arts organizations through a variety of visuals, prompts and activities to keep students reading, writing, and creating all summer long. Students will ‘travel’ to arts organizations, experience a glimpse of each institution, reflect on and creatively respond through writing, drawing, making, dancing or acting. The booklets will be accompanied by an art supply kit. While the booklet is not dependent upon internet access, there will be a webpage for families to access that will expand the student’s experience and offer new opportunities of engagement. Evaluation of this project will be led by the Johns Hopkins University Arts + Mind Lab. This project is being piloted as a collaborative effort with hopes of replicating in the future. 


  • Booklet: 24 page booklet containing do-at-home projects, engaging activities and creative reflections to support social and emotional learning. Text will be written at a 3rd grade reading level and we are working on organizing volunteers to provide translation into Spanish.
  • Art Supply Kit: colored pencils, watercolor, sketchbook, scissors, glue
  • Baltimore Arts Passport Virtual Classroom: Each organization will contribute virtual experiences and content to a collaborative webpage as an extension of the booklet.

Project Goals:

  • 10,000 students served over the course of Summer 2020 $10/per student.
  • Fundraising goal: $100,000 
  • Provide families with a tool for keeping students engaged in creative play, critical thinking and exploration.
  • Support the social and emotional needs of students by providing an creative outlet for self expression and reflection.
  • Develop a sustainable model for arts and cultural organizations to collaboratively support and connect with Baltimore City students during the summer months.

Distribution Sites:

City-operated meal sites, Enoch Pratt Free Libraries, Community Organizations


Participating Organizations:

Access Art
Art with a Heart
Arts Education in Maryland Schools
Baltimore Clayworks
Baltimore Museum of Art
Creative Alliance
DewMore Baltimore
Enoch Pratt Free Library System
Future Makers
Greater Baltimore History Alliance
International Arts + Mind Lab, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Lakeland Community and STEAM Center
Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center (LTYC)
Jubilee Arts
The Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
National Aquarium
Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
The Walters Art Museum 

Independent Artists

Jessica Chambers
Suzanne Herbert-Forton
Becky Slogeris

Visit our GoFundMe page today to join a growing community working to bring summer joy to Baltimore City youth!


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