A magical school where dreams can be made into reality in a city that can offer limited hope for disadvantaged students. One of the nation’s top five arts high schools. Admissions are based solely on talent with no academic background checks. This is the incubator for the basis of the film.
HISTORY FROM THE WEBSITE:
The struggle for racial equality was a struggle in every city in America, but it was most visible in its school districts in Baltimore. In the mid-1970s, Baltimore City school board officials decided the city needed a place to provide training for students who aspired to careers in the arts, of all races, and the founders of the school knew that Baltimore School for the Arts would be an example of this.
In 1979, the establishment of the Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) was approved. BSA was established as a city-wide school within the Public School System; however, the resolutions stated “that it differ from other Baltimore City high schools by training students with potential for careers in the performing and visual arts.”
For forty years, the Baltimore School for the Arts has remained a place where students have thrived, not only as one of the leading pre-professional art schools in the country, but also as a second home to the students of Baltimore City. The school has held fast to its mission: to provide young people who aspire to a career in the arts with intensive, pre-professional training in the arts combined with a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum.
Now, more than ever, arts schools are in need of funding and in need of awareness. As our political and racial divides in America continue to grow, the arts is consistently the way to express our souls, bring us together and bridge beliefs. A major goal of this film is to show how much an arts education has brought humanity to our lives, friendship, love and acceptance.
"The arts do live continuously, and they live literally by faith; their names and their shapes and their uses and their basic meanings survive unchanged in all that matters through times of interruption, diminishment, neglect; they outlive governments and creeds and the societies, even the very civilization that produced them. They cannot be destroyed altogether because they represent the substance of faith and the only reality. They are what we find again when the ruins are cleared away."
- Katherine Ann