BSA Foundation

Guiding & Supporting the BSA Foundation


The Baltimore School for the Arts Foundation is fortunate to work closely with a generous and commited Board of Overseers. This group of dedicated individuals helps to preserve the integrity of the BSA’s Resolutions, to set policies, and to support and advocate for the school. 

Members of the Board are artists, educators, business leaders, parents and alumni who share a dedication to the school, its students and the community at large. For a list of current Board Members, click here.

BSA Director Chris Ford reports both to the Board of Overseers and to the Baltimore City Public School System. Carter Polakoff serves as the Foundation & Development Director and works closely with the Board to raise funds to support BSA's students and programs.

In addition to the Board of Overseers, BSA has many passionate and involved volunteers in its supporting organization – Stage One/FANS. FANS (Friends Assisting New Stars) was formed in 1981 to be advocates and volunteers in support of the school's mission. Stage One, BSA's young leadership group, was created in 2000 to cultivate the school's next pool of leaders, advisors and donors. The two organizations merged in 2009 to form the current organization. For a list of members, click here.




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"TWIGS was a chance for me to be with other kids I was not in school with, to be with different teachers who were serious about art."
Dorian Dean
Visual Art Student