Baltimore Youth Arts (BYA) is an artist-educator run, after school program that provides arts and job readiness programming to youth, with a focus on those in the care and custody of the state.  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 uses the arts to engage youth with the goal of building long-lasting, mentoring relationships.  We believe that the arts are a path towards social, emotional, and educational development. 

BYA is the youth program of the Blank Page Project, an artist-led initiative that provides arts programming to youth and adults, focussing on those involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems.



Baltimore Youth Arts (BYA) envisions a world where all young people have equal access to opportunities that allow them to discover their purpose.



Hope:  No matter what background a person is from, no matter what choices they have made, they are always capable of making a positive impact in their own and others’ lives. 

Connection: Relationship-building is at the core of our work. We aim to develop long-lasting relationships that span adolescence and early adulthood.

Trust: Believe in the people who make up this community and respect their decisions.

Inquiry: Experiment and ask questions. Meet each person where they are and help foster their creative exploration.

Risk: Take chances, personally and creatively.  Embrace each mistake and learn from them.