BAAMARTS provides art-integrated curriculum support, social emotional learning (SEL) and community engagement programs that improve educational outcomes for inner-city youth, English Language Learners (ELL), students with disabilities, and youth experiencing trauma and PTSD. BAAMARTS operates during Out-of-School Time (OST), in cooperation with Baltimore City’s public Patterson High School (PHS), in grades 9-12. Students are engaged in:
- Advanced college preparatory art & technology education
- Arts integrated education for hard to reach, at-risk students, and kinesthetic learners, many of whom have experienced trauma
- Arts-integrated service learning and engagement, including the creation of community-based artworks
- Arts integrated ELL education and community involvement incorporating diverse cultural traditions and arts
BAAMARTS four major project elements involve:
- The creation of art – Students undertake semester-long creations of personal and community artworks, exhibitions, etc, that uses the power of art to explore themselves, their communities and the world. Students propose and evaluate potential projects that they then create. As they develop their craft, students serve as each others’ mentors, and work together as a team.
- The management of school/community arts project – Student-led projects are arranged and exhibited in collaboration with neighboring businesses and organizations, city, state and federal government agencies – engaging students’ peers, families, schools, and communities. Students communicate with their peers, families and community using social media tools for outreach, as part of the study of media awareness. Returning past participants are given positions of increasing responsibility.
- The integration of students’ OST and classroom learning – the 8 Studio Habits of Mind and Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) competencies that are imparted during class time are reinforced through BAAMARTS afterschool activities.
- Sessions in mindfulness and meditation provide students with tools for peaceful conflict resolution, improved focus and concentration, greater control and awareness of thoughts and emotions, improved self-regulation, stress reduction, and relaxation.