Baltimore Youth Arts is an artist-run, arts entrepreneurship and job readiness program for youth, ages 14-22, with a focus on those who have contact with the justice system. BYA believes the arts are a path towards personal liberation and self sufficiency and that they not only impact youth facing incarceration, but also the justice system and perceptions held by the greater community.

Our mission is to assist youth in gaining 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 provide artistic, entrepreneurial, and leadership opportunities to youth so that they can hone their talents and use them to shape the world. We believe that the arts are a path towards social, emotional, and educational development.



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.