Andre DeShields '64 CENTER FOR THE ARTS
GROUND BREAKING 2021
DATES: PROPOSED OPENING TBD
SQUARE FEET: 10,000
ARCHITECT: JRS Architects
At City College, the arts are valued as one of the core subject areas that comprise a truly well-rounded education. This is implicit in our mission as an IB World School and as a college preparatory high school. At City, the Arts stand shoulder-to-shoulder with mathematics, English, science, history, and world languages not only because they help students gain skills that will benefit them in all of those disciplines but because they are worthy of study in their own right.
The arts are where students’ effort meets their passion. When students participate in the arts, they are faced with creative challenges that require full engagement of their kinesthetic, linguistic, emotional, interpersonal, and logical intelligences. And they employ these intelligences, not because they are forced to, but because they want to, because the making of art has inspired them to be brilliant without extrinsic motivation.
Baltimore City College plans to innovate and inspire students with the creation of a Center for Visual and Performing Arts. Design plans would include a renovation of ground floor locations purpose of sustaining, encouraging, and inspiring students in the arts. The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) directive regarding fine arts along with the City Schools Blueprint calls for schools to provide a well-rounded curriculum with arts that address the unique interests of students and thereby motivates their daily attendance.
Renovations would involve upgraded spaces for the performing arts inclusive of instrumental music, choir, theatre and dance and, a relocated classroom for film production. An art gallery would showcase student work while remodeled seating in the auditorium would improve the feel and ambiance of the main theatre.
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