The Baltimore Arts Integration Project is supported by the U.S. Department of Education Assistance for Arts Education. 


The Baltimore Arts Integration Project seeks to transform teaching practice in Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPSS) by providing high-quality, multi-faceted professional development and ready-to-use arts integration resources based on district curriculum. This work is guided by the groundbreaking research in neuroeducation by Dr. Mariale Hardiman, founder of the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model and director of the Johns Hopkins Neuro-Education Initiative.

Baltimore Arts Integration Project Staff

Rachael Barillari
BAIP Manager

Mariale Hardiman
Brain-Targeted Teaching Lead

Clare O’Malley Grizzard
BTT Team and Curriculum Developer

Alyssa Fenix
DEIAB Advisor

Our 2023-24 BAIP Teaching Artist Fellows

Murray Piper

Noelle Tolbert

The Zanes

Mitch Harris

Katie Gill-Harvey

Kammeran Giggers

Our 2023-24 BAIP Core Subject Teaching Specialists 

Rachael Barillari

Tessa Berens

Yvette Schreiber

Grace Santiago

Lindsey Winand

The Creative process

Each year, the BAIP team selects a team of arts educators and classroom teachers to co-create video training courses, downloadable information and resource sheets, and easy-to-implement activities that connect directly to City Schools curriculum. Courses are accessible through our custom learning management platform. Collaborative course writing takes place from July – May of each year. 

In 2023, the project launched a suite of courses connected to City Schools’ English Language Arts K-12 curriculum. Courses for K-5 Science will launch in Spring 2024. Social Studies courses will launch in 2025 and Math will launch in 2026.

Professional learning communities

In 2023, Arts Every Day launched 3 school-based professional learning communities for teachers to learn and grow within their arts integration practice. Facilitated by veteran teacher and arts integration expert, Rachael Barillari, the professional learning community model focuses on a cycle of learning new strategies, applying them to the classroom, reflecting on what happened, and receiving peer feedback. 

Baltimore Arts Integration Project by the Numbers

Courses Created to Date

Teachers Reached

Professional Learning Communities

Hours of Professional Learning Offered

Our online Learning Management System uses the Thinkific platform, and houses training courses in arts integration and Brain-Targeted Teaching as well as a virtual archive of lesson plans, student artifacts, and exemplars.

To request access to the course content, please email using your City Schools email address.