Arts Every Day’s Impact Fund supports large scale and/or permanently installed projects that connect individual schools to local artists and their surrounding community. Our 2017 Impact Fund awards $20,000 to five Baltimore City Public Schools to implement arts projects that will have a long-term impact on their students. All Arts Every Day partner schools were invited to apply and the final five recipients were chosen by a committee of local art and design leaders in late February 2017.
In 2014 AED launched Impact Fund and the initiative has grown from supporting one to two projects per year to a competitive funding opportunity open to the 40 Baltimore City Public Schools partnering with Arts Every Day. Thanks to the ongoing support of Point Breeze Credit Union, new support from the Dock Street Foundation, and a growing family of individual supporters, the Arts Every Day Impact Fund will be supporting the following five projects in 2017. Congratulations!
Impact Fund Projects for School Year 2017
Cecil Elementary School, Exterior Mural
Students will work with environmental graphic designer, Ronnie Younts of Younts Design Inc., and local muralist, Greg Gannon, to create a bright, colorful, abstract mural on the front of their school building. Designs will be voted on by local residents and community organizations. Principal Roxanne Forr will host a community work day and celebration for families and friends to participate in the creation of their exterior mural.
Gilmor Elementary School, Let your Light Shine: Mosaic Murals
Students, teachers, parents and community members from Sandtown Winchester will work with mosaic artist, Sue Stockman, to create an auditorium wall mural with recycled glass with the uplifting theme of “Let Your Light Shine”. The school auditorium serves as a community space for New Bethlehem Baptist Church, Maryland Food Bank and Lillian S. Jones Recreation Center.
Hamilton Elementary Middle School, Storm Drain Designs: Educating through Art
The 5th grade class will learn about storm water systems and how trash in storm drains impacts the Chesapeake Bay. Students will design and paint a horizontal mural to surround the storm drain in the blacktop space that students use for recess on a daily basis.
Moravia Park Elementary School, Garden Design Challenge
ESOL students will learn about garden design from Seth Wheeler of NorthWind Energy & Earthworks and participate in a school wide design competition. The raised garden beds will be built, planted and unveiled at the annual family multicultural night in late May.
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Where Does Our Food Come From? Screen Painting
First and second graders will work with master screen painter, John Iampieri, to create large screen paintings for their cafeteria—exploring topics from their International Baccalaureate World School unites of Healthy, Wealthy and Wise. During Iampieri’s residency, families and community members will assist students with transferring their designs onto the screens.