Best Artists: Baltimore Youth Arts

The most radical arts collective in the city right now is Baltimore Youth Arts, an after-school, artist-led program where young people between the ages of 12 and 22 paint, screen print, write, and design clothes and accessories—and learn a few things about the business of selling their work, too. The program focuses on youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and in a city with limited resources and spaces for youth, grassroots projects like BYA are a helping hand.  The stuff they create is among the most honest and inventive artwork you’ll see anywhere. And now that the BYA studio has moved into Platform Arts Center and is taking over its gallery space, there are even more exciting things to come for this year’s best artists.

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