Thursday, September 18, 2014

BSA KICKS OFF 35TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR!

BSA kicks off 35th Anniversary year, prepares for a year of celebration to mark the school's history

Founded in 1979, Baltimore School for the Arts began with a dedicated group of educators and a few young student artists excited to make their mark at a city public school that offered them an opportunity to pursue their passion. Truly a trailblazer in what we now recognize as a charter school movement, BSA was one of the first institutions to forge its own path, establish a partnership with the community, and hold true to its education and artistic ideals in a big city system. To this day, BSA is a model, now at the national level.

One of the many events scheduled this anniversary year is the screening of The Founders, a faculty and student produced movie about BSA's birth. Join us to learn more about the history of this unique and successful school, one of Baltimore's marquee institutions.

Free screenings are on October 24 at 3 PM and October 25 at 11 AM & 6 PM. On the 24th, the film team will be there for a Q&A following the show—Join us! To see the trailer, click here.


Center for Collaborative Arts & Technology brings innovative thinking and resources about creative environments to BSA

When BSA opened the doors for the new school year a couple of weeks ago, faculty and students were delighted to discover that the France-Merrick Library and the Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds Computer Center had been transformed over the summer to house the Center for Collaborative Arts and Technology (C-CAT). The incredible new space is modeled on modern business incubators and features 16 work stations equipped with computers with advanced software from all arts-related fields, as well as the library's resources. Both the technology, and the layout of the space itself, is specifically designed to foster collaborative work and link student experiences with the working world. Students will be inspired to create connections between different areas of learning in innovative ways.

"BSA students in the C-CAT will multiply their creativity by working collaboratively using the latest technology—I can't wait to see what they make and where they take us!" —Chris Ford, BSA Director

The new center will be open until 7 PM Monday-Thursday, and on Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM and is staffed with an arts technologist tasked with facilitating student and faculty work. TWIGS students will also take classes in the C-CAT during its Saturday hours.

BSA will celebrate the Grand Opening of the C-CAT with the community on September 23, 2014. Grammy winning songwriter and producer Makeba Riddick (BSA '96) will be joining Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other dignitaries and guests at a range of events on the 23rd. Join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 3:30 PM and/or for an Open House at 4:30 PM to see the C-CAT for yourself! Questions? Contact cpolakoff@bsfa.org.


The Daily Beast selects BSA as one of the nation's Top High Schools

Adding to its distinguished ranking from U.S. News & World Report, BSA is chosen as one of the best schools in the U.S. by yet another organization. For all the details, click here. BSA fared particularly well in the College Bound category, placing in the Top 100 schools nationwide!