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The new edition of smARTS, the Baltimore County arts and culture television show, explores rock music for kids, summer theatre in Essex, and Maryland Traditions. The program airs on Baltimore County cable channel 25. Featured segments include:

  • Host Carolyn Black-Sotir speaks with Sam Sessa of WTMD public radio about “kindie” music concerts that kids and adults can share together.
  • Discover what’s new this summer at Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre, a 40-year tradition at the Community College of Baltimore County Essex.
  • Explore Maryland Traditions, living music, dance, craft and place that help define who you are and where you’re from.
  • West Coast dance meets West Towson when California-based Axis Dance Company came to West Towson Elementary School.

smARTS airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.- noon on Baltimore County cable channel 25. SmARTS segments can be viewed on the Baltimore County Government YouTube channel.

smARTS is a production of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV.


by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

More than 400 arts advocates came to Annapolis for Maryland Arts Day this week to speak with one voice: an investment in the arts is an investment in a vibrant community. 

I could not agree more. At a time when the arts could seem like a luxury, their value to our quality of life and economic vitality is greater than ever.

More than 6,900 people work in 1,744 arts-related creative businesses in Baltimore County alone. Statewide, the arts provide jobs for over 14,500 people, with over $1.16 billion in economic impact.

There’s well-documented evidence that arts education helps students learn, stay in school, and think, see and hear in new ways.

Low-income Baltimore City Public Schools students who participated in an arts-related summer academic program from Young Audiences avoided summer learning loss and, in many cases, gained ground on their national peers in standardized testing, according to evaluations.

Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, 3rd graders who participate in high-quality music programs score higher on reading and spelling tests, according to a study published in Advanced Cognitive Psychology.

Students who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and three times more likely to be awarded for school attendance, according to The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

The arts enrich our lives.

As part of an exhibition at the Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University, visitors were asked to share their thoughts around this idea:  “People around the world create art in order to _____.”  Here are just a few of the more than 200 responses.

Have fun. Be creative. Maintain sanity.

Teach. Believe. Inspire.

Open minds to new ideas. Unite communities.

See the world in a different way.

Share life stories and testimonies.

Relax. Live fully. Connect. 

At a time when having a good connection usually means having good Wi-Fi, the arts make the case for human connections.

It is a case worthy of our full support.


The new edition of smARTS, the Baltimore County arts and culture television show, explores how the arts impact our lives in Maryland and the intersection of dance and physics. The program airs on Baltimore County cable channel 25. Featured segments include:

  • Host Carolyn Black-Sotir speaks with Nicholas Cohen from Maryland Citizens for the Arts on how the arts impact our lives and economy.
  • Deep Vision Dance and a Towson University physics professor team up for an innovative way of teaching both dance and physics. 
  • Otherword Jazz performs and the show looks how the Natural History Society of Maryland, based in Overlea, helps us explore the natural world.   

smARTS airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.- noon on Baltimore County cable channel 25. SmARTS segments can be viewed on the Baltimore County Government YouTube channel.

smARTS is a production of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV. 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017