The Spring has been an incredibly busy month for our BYAAC team.  This year’s cohort has been learning all about careers in the arts, art advocacy, and how to share your story so that others can make an impact in their school communities. 

March started with the students visiting Annapolis to meet with Senator Cory McCray and testify on behalf of the Maryland State Arts Council. Thank you to Nicholas Cohen, Executive Director of Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Senator McCray, Albita Rivera, Interim Vice Chair of MSAC, and Steven Skerritt-Davis, Executive Director of MSAC for this amazing and memorable experience for Baltimore’s youth voices!

In late March, BYAAC got the opportunity to visit Glenstone Museum to learn about careers in and around the arts and about how key partnerships with arts and culture organizations play a role in shaping the future of Maryland’s creative economy. Through experiences like this, students can grasp concepts surrounding awareness campaigns, visual storytelling, and creative activism. 


In mid-April, they met with Baltimore City Schools CEO, Dr. Santelises to share their stories about the impact of the arts on their education and lives. The students also got to hear directly from the CEO about her stance on the arts in City Schools and how youth might be more involved in advocating for their education.

And if that wasn’t enough, current and former members of our Bmore Youth Arts Advocacy Council presented at The Collective Impact Summit! Their session, “A Seat at the Table: Engaging Youth for Collective Impact”, explored practical ways to empower youth through advocacy and civic engagement by sharing BYAAC’s efforts through the years. We are so excited for BYAAC to present at this national platform that hopefully left folks feeling inspired to make an impact.

We are so proud of all that BYAAC has accomplished this year. We hope that all of the networking, advocacy, and leadership skills they have been developing over the school year will create a strong foundation for future endeavors! 

If you know a Baltimore City Public School student who may be interested in joining BYAAC for thr 24-25 School Year, please contact Sheena M. Morrison at to find out more and apply!