Community Art and Service

Community Partners

901 Arts

901 Arts is a community art center in a row house. They serve approximately 100 youth (2nd-12th grade) from the Better Waverly neighborhood in Baltimore city through a variety of after school programs and community strengthening events. They offered activities including: individual music lessons, group instruction on drums, visual art, homework club. They host community events annually like haunted house, block party, open houses, and a youth artist showcases in the Spring and Fall semesters. Their drumline can be heard performing at city wide events such as the Great Halloween Lantern Parade and MICA’s Community Art Festival.

Baltimore Youth Arts

Baltimore Youth Arts is a creative entrepreneurship and job training program that provides artistic and professional opportunities to young people, ages 14-22, with a focus on those involved in the justice system. Our mission is to assist young people in gaining the creative, personal, and educational skills that will enable them to become leaders in their communities.

BYA believes the arts are a path towards personal liberation and self sufficiency and that they not only positively impact people facing incarceration, but also the justice system and perceptions held by the greater community. BYA uses the arts to engage youth with the goal of building long-lasting, mentoring relationships. We provide artistic, entrepreneurial, and leadership opportunities to young people so that they can hone their talents and use them to shape the world.

BCCC Refugee Youth Project

Refugee Youth Project provides after school educational programming for refugee youth in Baltimore city across multiple sites. At Moravia Park Elementary School, the program serves youth from Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Syria. The CSL will be assisting in an art class that focuses on themes of cultural integration, multiculturalism and self-expression.

Bolton North Senior Apartments

Art Group at Bolton North Apartments provide art-making activities for the senior residents. The weekly arts and crafts project allows the residents to discover new skills and introduces them to techniques which they can extend and use in other iterations. It acts as a space that grants them the opportunity to interact with one another in a creative and engaging space.

FORCE - Youth Voices for Consent

Youth Voices for Consent (YVC) is a paid, youth-led program organized by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture for young people to discuss issues of power and consent while creating innovative consent culture campaigns through art and performance. At the end of this residency, Youth Residents will co-organize a Baltimore Youth Summit to engage other young people in this work. As a CSL, you will be assisting the youth participants in project planning and organizing of the conference.

Higher Achievement at Mt. Royal Elementary Middle School

Higher Achievement closes the opportunity gap during the pivotal middle school years. By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement’s proven model provides a rigorous year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed.

Living Classrooms at Patterson Park House

Middle School Quilting Club at Patterson Park House will be teaching sewing and quilting skills to youth who attend the after school program. 

Make Studio

Make Studio is a 501(c)3 community-based arts organization located in Baltimore, MD. Founded in 2010 with the mission of providing multi-modal arts programming to individuals with disabilities, Make Studio aims to put art and abilities to work throughout Baltimore and beyond to create more inclusive communities for all.

Make Studio is motivated by a consideration of quality of life for and a celebration of the whole person, and the understanding that art does not exist in a vacuum. We believe that providing avenues for communication, connection, & empowerment to artists with disabilities equally benefits individuals and their communities.


Mosaic’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation Day Program (PRP) provides a wide-range of support services and educational programs to promote independent living skills such as understanding one’s illness; medication management; symptom/illness management; proper nutrition; personal hygiene; money management; and smoking cessation. The program also offers therapeutic recreational components including art; creative writing; wellness and exercise; computer classes; and group activities. Off-site therapeutic activities may include shopping trips, picnics, bowling, the library and visits to local attractions. Mosaic’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation Day Programs work to ensure that the whole health goals are met for individuals consenting to rehabilitation services. Breakfast and lunch are provided and adhere to required nutritional guidelines.

As a CSL, you will be leading art activities for the clients of the clinic. 

Mt. Royal Elementary Middle School

The Mount Royal School is a neighborhood public school located in the Bolton Hill neighborhood of Baltimore and serves students in Pre-K - 8th Grade.  As a CSL, you will be working directly with a teacher to lead in-class arts activities. 

Pride Center of Maryland

Teen Art Group at Pride Center of Maryland is a space for youth in LGBTQIA+ community to convene and learn new artistic skills by engaging in collaborative projects. As a CSL, you will be assisting FMF Mira Joseph to facilitate the group activities and engage with the participants. 

Roots & Raices

Roots & Raíces is a collective based in Baltimore City that collaborates with the non-profits Rising Over Standards and Excelling (ROSE) and CASA de Maryland to produce various events and programs throughout the year. Roots & Raíces provides a platform for artists, musicians, and activists to highlight, support, and celebrate immigrants through the arts and civic engagement.

The Chinatown Collective

The Chinatown Collective is a coming together of Baltimore’s pan-Asian community – across ethnicity, across industries, and across generations. The Chinatown Collective has been hosting very successful annual festival called Charm City Night Market in downtown every fall. As a CSL, you will be developing a project with the collective based on research of the AAPI community of Baltimore.  

Union Baptist Head Start

Union Baptist Head Start is a Pre-K program that serve 175 children and families with 10 teachers, 11 assistant teachers and 10 foster grandparents in Upton Community. As a CSL, you will be place in a classroom as a class room aide with opportunities to lead in-class arts activities.