The Baltimore Office of Promotion& The Arts (BOPA) is inviting teen creatives to join the BOPA Youth Arts Council in order for Baltimore’s youth perspective to be heard in arts programming and policy. We are seeking creative young people between the ages of 14 and 19 who have an interest in the arts, writing, event planning, and education policy.
BOPA will select a group of dedicated, art-loving teens from across Baltimore City to serve on the second annual Youth Arts Council. The council will be designed by and for teens to inspire and empower other local youth through arts programming and advocacy. The Youth Arts Council will meet bi-weekly after school at BOPA to discuss ideas in a fun and creative environment while collaborating with each other and arts professionals to produce programs and events for Light City and Artscape such as workshops, performances, special events and other activities that tie into existing programs. The Youth Arts Council will also learn about education policy in order to advocate for equal access to the arts for all Baltimore City students.
Benefits of being on the BOPA Youth Council:
$250 Honoraria/Stipend (teens get paid!)
Build leadership skills
Experience alternative methods of making and seeing
Organize exhibitions and events
Build policy knowledge
Engage with artists and arts professionals
- Do you have to be an artist to join the youth
but an artist can be many things—an artist can write, perform, draw, cook,
enjoy working with others towards a common goal, etc. These are all activities
that BOPA considers art forms.
- How will this help me with my professional
Youth Arts Council is a great addition to your resume for college or future
jobs. It says that you have worked at a major arts organization, have skills in
public event planning, understand educational policy, and know how to
collaborate with peers to achieve a goal. Working with other teens to problem
solve and advocate for arts access helps to build critical thinking skills.
- How often does the council meet?
council typically meets bi-weekly (every other week) at BOPA for (2) hours
after school during the week. On weeks when BOPA hosts Youth Arts Council
produced activities, the council may meet more frequently.
How long can a teen be a member of the youth
who choose to can remain members of the Council for the duration of their high
school career until graduation (through 12th grade) and as near peer council
members after high school.
Beginning of September - Call
for nominations & applications are distributed and posted online
October 1 - Submissions are due to BOPA
Mid-October - Youth Arts Council candidates are interviewed
November 1 - Youth Arts Council's first meeting
November - July -
Youth council meetings & special events/workshops are produced
July 25 - Soiree (annual event) for teen
participants, and their families, to honor youth council members