In addition to special projects, Creating Communties manages a number of year-round activities, including:

Arts Ambassadors

The Arts Ambassadors is an afterschool program for middle school students who meet once a week at Bates Middle School during the school year to learn and practice world percussion and vocal music. Weekly sessions also include creative writing, social games and mentoring with musician Elizabeth Melvin and community leader Julie Snyder.

Tuesday Afternoon Learning Experience/Wednesday Afternoon Arts Club

The Wednesday Arts Club takes place at Eastport United Methodist Church and the Tuesday Afternoon Learning Experience (TALE) takes place on-site in Eastport public housing and serves 20 Title I elementary school youth per week. Both programs base activities on the National Common Core Arts Standards and Anne Arundel County Public Schools Outcomes and Standards. Activities are centered on weekly themes such as friendship, community, respect, Black History, and making good decisions. Read More…

Arts Mentorship Academy

– An arts camp and mentorship program for low-income and at-risk youth that provides intensive visual, musical and dramatic experiences.

Middle School Arts Integration

Held during the school day, a Creating Communities instructor works alongside a classroom teacher to illuminate math, science, social studies and language arts curriculum through experiential arts activities.

Youth Arts Fellowship (YAF)

– Innovative arts-based alternative education opportunity that provides arts instruction, mentoring, and experiential learning at no cost for twenty 10th-12th graders who reside in the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

Thanksgiving Jam

A Thanksgiving feast and arts event for all Youth Program students and their families. In 2013, our generous Board members and volunteers served 130 people a full Thanksgiving dinner. Guests have an opportunity to experiment with a variety of musical instruments and are encouraged to participate in a family art project.

Life Skills Through the Arts at The Light House, Hope House and Sarah’s House

Homeless adults are offered simple yet effective ways to handle stress, discover their innate talents and reflect on goals in a hands-on, experiential way. A small yet effective volunteer team is in place from start to finish. Based on our statistical report, we found that as a group, participants mood/outlook improved by an average of 38% from beginning to end of each session. More importantly, 91% of the participants, as a group, felt they would apply the lessons from the arts activities outside of the Light House Shelter and 89% would continue to use the lessons after leaving the shelter.