The Art of Leadership

Become a leader in the Baltimore community. The Art of Leadership program brings together 10th and 11th grade public and private school students of diverse backgrounds to develop leadership skills and engage in dialogue across cultural barriers. Through guest speakers and experiential opportunities, students are exposed to community challenges and develop fresh perspectives on how to address them.


  • A year-long program starting in August
  • Monthly Sunday evening sessions
  • Creation of a community public art project

Sample Discussion Topics & Experiences

  • Race and Class- Tour of Baltimore
  • Understanding Disability- National Federation of the Blind
  • Community Building- Two Overnight Retreats

Each session focuses on a leadership competency and a key issue facing the Baltimore community.

Application Requirements

    • Must be a rising 10th or 11th grader
    • Have an interest in exploring Baltimore
    • Want to engage in meaningful conversations with a diverse group of students

Acceptance to the Art of Leadership program is need-blind. Full and partial scholarships are provided.

The Art of Leadership Cohort 7 Application is open from November 19, 2020 through March 19, 2021.  Interested applicants can apply here.

Comments about the Program

“The most important thing I have learned in the Art of Leadership is that it is okay to step outside of your comfort zone and to challenge yourself. You get the opportunity to learn more about yourself.” – Crystal, Dunbar High School

“I have learned that no matter the race, color or background of someone if you work together and get past one another’s differences, you can do anything.” – Patrick, Loyola Blakefield

“The Art of Leadership has exposed her to new experiences, people, and places within our city/community which has had a positive impact on her outlook/perspective of where we live.” – April, Art of Leadership Parent

Click here to view photos from previous sessions.

Please see our FAQs and direct questions about this exciting initiative to Summer Claypoole, Director of Leadership and Engagement, at

Take a moment to see what Art of Leadership participants have to say about their experiences in the Program.