BAAMARTS is designed to incubate innovative in-school and out-of-school-time (OST) art-based, service learning programs, originating within Baltimore City’s Patterson High School community, into national models of best practice.
Co-Founder Nancy Holter has strategically integrated arts education across curriculum areas during her 18 years of teaching, most recently participating in, and learning from, professional development training guided by Arts Every Day, Young Audiences of Maryland, and the Maryland Artistry in Teaching Institute (MATI). BAAMARTS also leverages the resources and talents of student alumni from previous years’ poetry club, Holistic Life Foundation, Dew More Baltimore, Saint Vincent de Paul, Arts Every Day, and Mosaic Makers.
Holter is a newly-announced SEL Innovation Awards for Teachers winner, presented by the NoVo Foundation, in partnership with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. This Social Emotional Learning Innovation Fund recognition Award acknowledges and rewards individual educators, teams of educators and district leaders seeking to improve systems that foster social and emotional skills in fresh, inventive or innovative ways.
BAAM’s community service learning components are designed to align with Maryland’s Seven Best Practices for Service-Learning.