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Articles about The Baltimore School for the Arts appear frequently in the local press including The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Style, Baltimore’s Child and Maryland Family.  The school has also been featured in local television and radio.   Please click on the following links for the most recent articles on BSA.

How Designer & BSA Alum Christian Siriano Made a Name for Himself in the Fashion World
Baltimore magazine discusses Fashion Week, Project Runway, and Baltimore with BSA alumnus Christian Siriano: "Siriano attended Broadneck High School for his freshman year before applying to... read more
Norma Pera, Dance Dept Head, Announces Retirement
Norma Pera, the Dance Department Head at Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA), has announced she will retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year. “Norma’s passion for the art of ballet and her...
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BSA Announces Search for New Dance Dept Head
Norma Pera, who has been the Dance Department Head of Baltimore School for the Arts for 26 years, has announced her intentions to retire at the end of 2017-18 school year. BSA is launching a nationwide search to find a... read more
Baltimore School for the Arts can't wait to welcome its students back for the 2017-18 school year, and many parents have told us they are ready to go shopping for school supplies. Here is the... read more
The Baltimore School for the Arts was highlighted in The New York Times' article about the outstanding educational and artistic outcomes of the nation's top public performing arts high... read more
David Simon, the founding director of the Baltimore School for the Arts, passed away on July 7 of heart failure. He was 92 years old.
"David was a tireless advocate for the potential of young...
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The Baltimore School for the Arts Foundation has received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support TWIGS, its free multidisciplinary arts education program for Baltimore City children. The award... read more
As another group of seniors prepares to transition from being BSA students to being BSA alumni, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate the Class of 2017. One-hundred percent of the students who applied to... read more
Baltimore’s new CinéBistro movie theater is launching its New York Film Critics Series this month, a recurring event offering advance looks at independent films that, in many cases, will not... read more
For the third year in a row, Baltimore School for the Arts has been ranked the #1 public high school in Baltimore City by U.S. News and World Report. In its  2017 rankings of more than 22,000 public schools... read more
BSA's Summer Dance Intensive is a five-week program that provides daily pre-professional classes in ballet, pointe, and modern from June 19-July 21. All classes are taught by BSA faculty in the most beautiful studios... read more
Nineteen students from the Baltimore School for the Arts walked through the tall double doors and through a hallway of cheering supporters at the headquarters of Discovery Communications. For the next couple of hours, the... read more
Our summer studio classes are open to any Maryland resident going into grades 9-12 and to students of all levels of experience. There is no audition required. All materials are provided. Register... read more
The creative team from Baltimore City Public Schools dropped by BSA's Africa Now Festival to learn about our students's yearlong exploration into the arts, culture, and achievement of the world's... read more
Four Baltimore School for the Arts students joined Monte Durham, the host of "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta," on WBAL to model spring prom fashions today. The students—Riley Doherty, Marley... read more
At the height of his celebrity, Tupac Shakur chose to give author Kevin Powell some of his most revealing interviews ever — from a subdued, introspective conversation while the rapper was incarcerated to resentful... read more
Dr. Chris Ford presented the potential impact of the BCPS budget cuts to alumni in a townhall meeting on March 21. Below are the potential "action items" that were distributed at the meeting. How You Can... read more
Baltimore School for the Arts kicks off its Africa Now festival week today with a visit from Laolu Senbanjo, who was work was featured in Beyoncé's Lemonade.  The festival is the culmination of a... read more
BSA alumnus Joshua Charles has taken to Twitter to ask Governor Larry Hogan and Mayor Cathy Pugh to fully fund the Baltimore City Public Schools' deficit. Charles tweeted: "I'm a proud product of... read more
BSA junior Luka Stefanovic did an arrangement of Astor Piazzolla's "Libertango" for the school's annual gala that has been turning ears. The Baltimore Sun spoke with Stefanovic about his... read more
Baltimore magazine stopped by the school to learn about our students' recent trip to Ghana and our upcoming Africa Now Festival from March 20-25. They also recorded short interviews with five students. You can... read more
“It’s not just a song; it’s not just lines. It’s about human connection,” said actor Jarid Faubel, who is currently playing Ray Court in the touring production of The Bodyguard at the... read more
Seventeen students were recently admitted to our new Charles C. Baum Film and Visual Storytelling Program starting this fall. The new film department will incorporate much of what BSA learned during last summer's... read more
Sixteen students from the Baltimore School for the Arts and four faculty advisers spent a week in Ghana to learn about the diversity and complexity of West African arts and culture.  The student-artists worked... read more
Dan Gillespie, Stage Design and Production Class of 2009, was named to Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 List. Gillespie and a fellow classmate from the University of Maryland, College Park, cofounded Redspread, which... read more
Patricia and Mark Joseph may be serious members of the business and philanthropic communities, but nothing gives them greater pleasure than to engage in the joy and work of the students at The Baltimore School for the... read more
The Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) and Baltimore City Public Schools are pleased to announce the launch of the Charles C. Baum Film and Visual Storytelling Program for high school students at BSA. Film... read more
Everyone's favorite tap-dancing Santas are back! Once again, students from The Baltimore School for the Arts will join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for their presentation of Holiday Pops with Storm... read more
We had a fantastic turnout at Saturday's City Choice Fair and received almost 50 new applications for the high school. To ensure that every prospective student who is interested in BSA has a chance to apply, we are... read more
The work of BSA alumnus William Rhodes was recently selected to become part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture. You can read... read more
Grateful for everything he learned at Baltimore School for the Arts, alumnus Brian Mainolfi pays tribute to retired Visual Arts Head Stephen Kent in an episode of "American Dad!" Read the story in read more
If you look above the door to the BSA Theatre Department office, you see two names on a plaque: Rolf Schmitt and Ann Mladinov. It wasn’t their intention to have their name on a plaque, or to be major donors to the... read more
Baltimore School for the Arts has had a blockbuster month as it has continued its discovery project of bringing a new film program to its campus.    Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour made a stop in the... read more
Can math help artists do better work? Dr. Paul J. Ferraro might say yes. Knowing many artists are deeply engaged in the issues of their time, Ferraro, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Business and Engineering at... read more
The aroma of coffee from Dooby’s. The recycling bins waiting for pick up. The occasional tree on the city block. BSA senior visual arts students explored the scents around the school campus, and turned these smells... read more
We’ll have the first General Parent Meeting in our Recital Hall on the second floor at 4:30 pm on October 26 (at the conclusion of Open School Day). All parents are welcome. At this meeting, we... read more
Legendary opera singer Denyce Graves visted Baltimore School for the Arts to teach a master class and discuss her education and career. You can read WBFF's story about it here. read more
From traditional tea songs to entrepreneurship, the Huangmei form of Chinese opera has flourished by creating stories and characters rooted in 21st-century Chinese cultural reality. Sophomore BSA theatre students had the... read more
Director Chris Ford and arts department heads Roz Cauthen, Paul Christensen, Mellasenah Edwards, Norma Pera, and Archie Veale visited the University of Maryland, College Park, campus on Wednesday. The team met with the... read more
Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) has long believed students learn best from working artists and hires them for its part-time arts faculty. BSA also brings other respected professionals into the classroom and takes its... read more
BSA volunteer Dave Holmes has been getting his hands dirty at Labor of Love for almost 20 years. Holmes first moved to Baltimore in 1992, and met BSA Board Member Samuel Polakoff a few years later while in graduate... read more
How can you walk through Air Force One, ask questions in the White House press briefing room, and admire the gardens outside the Oval Office in less than two hours? Just tour the award-winning House of Cards (HOC)... read more
Assistant principal Tom Askey spoke at MPT's TED Talk at MICA last night about teachers balancing creativity and compliance in the classroom. Here is the text of his speech: Good evening. My name is Tom Askey,... read more
BSA Alum Nathan W. Bailey's career is exploding. Baltimore Magazine caught up with Bailey to discuss his work with Beyoncé, the VMAs, and his new role with American Horror Story. You can read the... read more
The Baltimore Sun recently highlighted several programs of Baltimore School for the Arts in its story about innovative arts programming in Greater Baltimore. You can read the full story here.   read more
An open house for prospective students and parents will be held Saturday, October 8, beginning at 9 am. All parents and families are welcome. No reservations required. If your last name begins with A-L, please... read more
U.S. News and World Report released its 2016 rankings of nearly 20,000 public schools across the country in April and BSA placed #1 in Baltimore City and in the top 8% nationwide, earning distinction as one of... read more
It's always fun to hear from our alumni and to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. Read on for news about the work our amazing artists are doing across all the disciplines. Third Year in a row for... read more
BSA honored two founding department heads and celebrated others retiring this year, Ruth Gladney, Debbie Rogers, Lauretta Young, and Luis Flores, at festivities on June 18 at Baltimore School for the Arts. In moving... read more
BSA’s partnership with the world-renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra continued in the spring of 2016 with two collaborations in June.
  • Appalachian Spring
    BSA dancers performed the...
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Fifty BSA visual artists in grades 9-12 were featured at the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Art Exhibit Program. The program provides students and teachers an opportunity to display creative work from... read more
Expressions 2016, BSA's popular annual show featuring our students, is a vital fundraiser for the school and TWIGS. Proceeds from Expressions help to provide for everything from performances and... read more
Sophomore theatre and stage production students had the exciting opportunity to work with National Park Service and Historic Hampton, Inc. to present “Finding the Story: Confronting the Past,” three short... read more
Summer at BSA will be as bustling as ever with hundreds of young artists attending a variety of programs across all disciplines.
Visual Arts & Photography
Summer studio courses will be...
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After a long gestation and eighteen months of conversations, interviews, and lots of research, we're delighted to present BSA's Strategic Plan. With thanks to Li-Wen Kang (BSA Music '88) and Todd Harvey...
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As part of a national conversation about the importance of arts education, The Tony Awards® and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) asked the American public to tell them which theatre educators inspired them to be... read more
BSA's 3rd annual all-arts festival, Imagined Worlds, centered on original mixed media and inter-disciplinary work, was a resounding success with sold out shows and standing ovations. The April 17 &... read more
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday and the Inauguration of President Obama in January 2013, BSA students had the opportunity to work with television producer James Blue to film their interpretation... read more
These days, it seems every time we open the paper there is a story about a graduate of BSA.  We are thrilled about all the accomplishments of our talented alumni!  Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. has a lead on AMC's hit...
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We were thrilled to present this 19th century piece, originally created for the Russian ballet by the renowned French choreographer Marius Petipa. It was beautifully restaged by BSA dance instructors Bat...
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Dr. Chris Ford takes the helm of BSA after his unanimous appointment by the school's Board of Overseers and the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners in April.  Dr. Ford has been at BSA since 1981,... read more
The Baltimore School for the Arts isn't just any public school.  The institution prepares its students for careers in the arts and auditions take the place of entrance exams.  An article in the Baltimore... read more
The Baltimore School for the Arts came into existence in 1979, and the school's phenomenal success has been pretty well-documented. Its first graduates are now in their late 30s and early 40s, and a list of former... read more
In June, we honored and thanked Leslie Shepard as she stepped down from the helm of BSA.  As director and one of its guiding forces since the school's inception, she has left a legacy to match any in... read more
Longtime supporters of the BSA, Pat and Mark Joseph have announced their intention to give the school $1 million to found the Joseph Fund for the Future.  Their generous gift will be used to endow TWIGS, BSA's free... read more
Long before school reform became a national byword, the Baltimore School for the Arts, the city's only visual and performing arts public high school, was recognized as a model for excellence.
Magnet schools a magical place for devoted studentsMany of Sarah Lodico's fondest days started with a four-block walk - toting a cello on her back - from her family's Mt. Vernon home to Baltiomre School for the Arts.  read more
They might not be as flashy as their counterparts, but the students at the Baltimore School for the Arts shine just as brightly.

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Antonio Hart
Class of 1986, Grammy-nominated Jazz Saxophonist

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