Arts for Learning Maryland (A4LMD), formerly Young Audiences of Maryland, is the most far-reaching arts in education nonprofit in the state of Maryland. Based in Baltimore, A4LMD partners with schools and community organizations to provide students in all Maryland school districts with discovery, inspiration, and hands-on learning and engagement through the arts.
Learning in and through the arts creates inspired learning environments and empowers students to think outside the box, and A4LMD provides programs to make this happen. Led by professional teaching artists from across arts disciplines, these programs range from interactive live performances to long-term, classroom-based residencies. Each year, the organization trains new teachers and artists in the use and understanding of arts integration. A4LMD also partners with districts to design and evaluate customized arts-integrated programs that transform teaching practice and are a model of school reform.
Young Audiences began in Baltimore in 1950, when founder Nina Collier sought to bring professional musicians to perform in the city’s schools. This experimental music series marked the beginning of A4LMD and sparked the formation of a national Young Audiences network. 70 years later, A4LMD continues to transform the lives of youth through the arts by connecting educators, artists, and communities.