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Funders

Access Art and the Youthlight Program are made possible through the gerenous support of: The Commonweal Foundation, CSX Foundation, The Hampden Family Center, The Open Society Institute, The American Friends Service Committee, The William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Maryland State Arts Council, Target, The Baltimore Community Foundation, The Digges Memorial Fund, The Baltimore Creative Fund, The Family League of Baltimore City, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, The Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts, and Individual Donations.

Successes
The success of the Access Art/Youthlight students and their level of competency can be seen in the numerous exhibits they have had over the course of the program and the extraordinary media exposure they have received.

1. Since 2001 students have shown in over 20 exhibits in high-end galleries and local museums since 2001, including the Creative Alliance, MAP, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The James E. Lewis Museum at Morgan State, Evergreen House, and the Walter’s Art Museum to name a few.

2. Students have sold over $5000 worth of art work that they created themselves.

3. The students photographs have been featured in the Baltimore Sun, The Baltimore City Paper, Loyola Magazine, on Fox 45 news, and the front cover of the Urbanite Magazine.

4. The students have produced over 8 Public Service Announcements which have been displayed on billboards around Baltimore City producing over 240,000 media hits.

5. Youthlight students have appeared on WYPR’s “The Signal” and on WYPR with documentary photographer Regina Montfort speaking about empowering communities through photography.

6. Students have have received high school art scholarships based on portfolios they made in Youthlight.

7. Access Art’s proudest accomplishments are the student’s achievements and their renewed interest in education. In a community where nearly 40% of adults have not graduated high school, Access Art students are expanding their education. They have received scholarships to The Maryland College of Art (MICA) art classes, have attended TWIGS at the School of the Arts, and many report better grades in school. Most recently a student won a $3500 tuition award to the 2009 MICA pre-college art program this summer based on a portfolio she created in the program.

8. Access Art participants have completed 10 public murals and designed one fish and two crabs for the Fish Out of Water and Crabtown campaigns respectively.

9. In the Fall of 2008 Access Art/Youthlight hired a graduate of the program to be a teacher in the Youthlight Photography Program. This transition marked a significant milestone in the leadership development and job readiness component of the program: a student moving from taking the class, to assisting the class, to becoming an equal to the teachers, implementing all aspects of the class

10. Youthlight now has 15 students who have been with Youthlight for 6 years or more.