Dream Big finalists onstage at The Baltimore Lyric, photo by Sheena Morrison

Open to Baltimore-area students in grades 5-12, students are encouraged to create a poem, essay or video that captures their big dream. This year’s finalists were selected by final adjudicator, Fanon Hill, of the Youth Resiliency Institute. On Monday, April 25, The Lyric Baltimore held their 5th annual Dream Big awards ceremony honoring 12 finalists. To experience the star-studded night, check out this wonderful WBAL-TV editorial

Arts Every Day is thrilled to see Baltimore Youth Arts Council member, Carrie Snowden among the finalists. Ms. Snowden is an 11th grade student at the Baltimore Design School and her submission was a stop motion animation. Here’s what she had to say:

“I’m Carrie Snowden, a Junior at Baltimore Design School studying Graphic Design. I do a variety of media but I mainly do graphic design and illustration. I created my story by first writing my dialogue of where I came from and who I want to become. I then made my paper puppets and started filming after 5 days of constructing my set. I am happy to be honored, I wanted to do something unique for my video and I believe I executed my animation well. I’m also happy, I got to see the people closest to me be proud.” View her video submission below:

“Carrie’s Story”, Stop Motion Video by Carrie Snowden

Fine Arts Coordinator, Chan’nel Howard received the 2022 recipient of the ‘Believer’ award in recognition of her exemplary leadership and tireless dedication to the arts in Baltimore City Public Schools. We cannot imagine a more deserving recipient! The staff of Arts Every Day are incredibly grateful for Ms. Howard’s partnership and support. From working with Baltimore Youth Arts Council members and implementing the Baltimore Arts Education Initiative to celebrating our partner schools, we could not do this work without her! 

Congratulations to Carrie Snowden, Chan’nel Howard, and to all of the incredible young people who participated! “The Lyric Education team is so proud of all of our 2022 Dream Big Contest finalists,” said Denise Kumani Gantt, Director of Education at the Lyric Baltimore. “These students have put in the work to imagine impressive, creative solutions to real-life inequities they and others face in their lives. We are always moved by the vision of young people in our community, and can’t wait for them to be able to share their dreams on-stage with an audience.”

Dream Big Finalists:

  • Joshua Sharp, Grade 12, The Community School
  • BellaGrace Annibal, Grade 6, Homeschooled
  • Grayson Bess, Grade 5, Calvert School
  • Chiemela Nwokoro, Grade 10, Eastern Technical High School
  • Xin Yue Lu, Grade 10, Dulaney High School
  • Graham TerBeek, Grade 6, Dumbarton Middle School
  • Fatou Diouf, Grade 11, Baltimore City College
  • Asia Webster, Grade 9, Baltimore City College
  • Jamya Anderson, Grade 5, Dallas F. Nicholas Elementary School
  • Joy Onchera, Grade 6, The Belair-Edison School
  • Carrie Snowden, Grade 11, Baltimore Design School
  • Carmyn Harvin, Grade 11, Kenwood High School