Friday: Baltimore Youth Arts: What's Up Now

Aug. 12

Baltimore's young people are said to be some of the most resilient, and if you look at the persistent systemic issues of poverty, segregation, and racism in our city, it rings true. And when the city and state cut funding to after-school programs and rec centers and art classes—despite their effectiveness in providing positive outlets for kids—many local organizers and artists have tried to fill in those gaps, like Baltimore Youth Arts, the youth-focused branch of the Blank Page Project. BYA works with young people at the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice System, the Lillian S. Jones Recreation Center, and others on creative projects which, BYA's artist-educators hope, will give the students the tools they need to become leaders in their communities. Come check out the artists' work and learn more about Baltimore Youth Arts. Opening reception 5-8 p.m., on display through Aug. 26, Gallery CA, 440 E. Oliver St., galleryca.org, free. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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