Partnerships with arts and social service organizations in Baltimore help us fulfill our mission of bringing art and people together. In collaboration with our partners we provide programs and activities that strengthen and sustain our community. The following are some of the many partnerships the Walters maintain in the community.
The mission of Baltimore City Community College's Refugee Youth Project (RYP) is to create a safe environment for refugee children to improve their literacy skills, enhance their knowledge of American culture, engage in enriching extracurricular activities, and grow to be confident, caring children. Since 2006, the Walters has partnered with RYP delivering a multifaceted arts and literacy after-school museum program. Over 100 youth from RYP’s four after-school sites visit the Walters Art Museum multiple times each year and receive corresponding outreach visits from museum educators and teaching artists. Our partnership provides a safe space for RYP youth to explore their own identities and experiences, both through looking at and talking about art, as well as expressing themselves through art making.
CASA's primary mission is to work with the community to improve the quality of life and fight for equal treatment and full access to resources and opportunities for low-income Latinos, Africans, Haitians and their families. The Walters partners with CASA's Baltimore Workers' Employment Center in preparation for the museum's annual Day of the Dead Celebration. Community members from CASA discuss the ways they have celebrated the Day of the Dead, their memories, what it means to them, and create art for display at the museum as a community with museum educators and teaching artists. In 2009 and 2010, workers from CASA constructed an ofrenda and installed it at the museum calling to the public to add their own mementos. CASA workers become the teachers, informing the larger public about the traditions associated with the Day of the Dead celebration.
Education Based Latino Outreach (EBLO) was established in 1980 to improve the lives of Hispanic youth and their families through educational opportunities and cultural programs. The Walters Art Museum partners with EBLO by bringing arts enrichment to their after-school program called, Mi Segunda Casa. Mi Segunda Casa serves students at school sites and aims to improve students’ MSA scores in reading. The program helps English Language students increase their English proficiency and assists their parents in learning how to become more involved in their children’s education.
Education Based Latino Outreach
- Creative Alliance
- Enoch Pratt Free Library, Southeast Anchor Branch
- Friends of Patterson Park
- Latino Providers Network
- Maryland Institute College of Art, Masters of Art in Community Arts Program
Interested in becoming a Community Partner? For information on partnership opportunities, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org