Creative Alliance provides arts education to youth in after-school, enrichment, and summer programs. Children and youth build their artistic voices and help shape their intellect under the leadership of professional teaching artists. With rising demand for the Creative Alliance’s innovative arts education programs, our offerings have expanded to year-round visual and performing art opportunities in schools, library branches, community centers, and festivals. We reach over 3,500 youth per year through our education programs in Baltimore City and beyond. We promote Baltimore as a center for creative production, act as a positive force in our community, and advocate for cultural expression rooted in a sense of place.
Creative Alliance’s Youth Education Programs empower young people to engage fearlessly in the creative and artistic process. We present culturally rich arts education programs that teach individuals to solve problems, think critically, and to imagine solutions that create positive change in their lives and communities.
Creative Alliance provides a wide range of family activities, including Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-in, lantern-making workshops leading up to The Great Halloween Lantern Parade, Día Del Niño, Dog Days of Summer Block Party, World Refugee Day, workshops with the Artesanas Mexicanas, and much more!
Creative Alliance’s Youth Education Programs offer a variety of enrichment offerings to enhance in-school and extra circular programming. During our enrichment time, students participate in a series of fun, educational workshops. Students make connections to other academic areas from a cultural perspective. Our instructors provide high-level quality performing arts instruction in a variety of genres. Weekly enrichment sessions are designed to help kids explore their creativity and problem-solving skills, as well as expose them to new experiences.
Located at Creative Alliance and at partner host schools and libraries, local youth in our signature Open Minds program create awe-inspiring artwork. Open Minds Art Club is a free after-school reading based art program. We teach students creative problem-solving techniques and use the arts to develop critical thinking skills. Teaching includes hands-on art projects and tours to Creative Alliance galleries. Through literature, art making, and storytelling, Open Minds participants create works of art. These projects include collage, painting, and performance. Student masterpieces are displayed in a final exhibition.
We provide comprehensive after-school and summer programming to students in grades K-12. Each day, students receive homework help, art enrichment, exercise, snack, and supper. We partner with Urban Foli, WombWorks Productions, and talented visual artists who provide artistic cultural enrichment activities, including theater, African drumming, visual arts, and dance! Our academic enrichment is led by certified Baltimore City Public School teachers, who focus on improving math and reading competency. Students and educators work towards two culminating family showcases at Creative Alliance.
Creative Alliance’s Youth Council premiered in 2017! YouthWorks and the Southeast Youth Collaborative provides job training to Baltimore City youth. Nine organizations in Southeast Baltimore are part of the Collaborative, including the Southeast CDC, Banner Neighborhoods, Friends of Patterson Park, Living Classrooms Foundation, Patterson Park Audubon Center, Breath of God Church, Patterson Park Public Charter School, The Intersection and Creative Alliance.
The Teen Council makes programmatic suggestions that better serve teens at Creative Alliance exhibitions, performances, festivals, and more!