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About the UMBC Charlesmead Initiative for Arts Education

Teamwork during the Lakeland project


The Charlesmead Foundation has provided UMBC with a gift of $500,000 over five years, Fall 2018 through Spring 2023, aimed at introducing or strengthening arts engagement opportunities for K-8 students in Title I schools in the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS). We are seeking proposals to fund partnerships between UMBC faculty/staff/graduate students and these schools.


While proposals for K-8 Title I BCPSS schools will be given priority, the Charlesmead Review Committee is also open to proposals that address the following populations: PreK or Grades 9-12; school districts contiguous to Baltimore City; before- and after-school arts programs; and non-profit arts organizations. Also welcomed are proposals that indirectly benefit PreK-12 students – for example, faculty research on the relationship between arts engagement and academic achievement, support for projects led by UMBC graduate students pursuing careers as arts teachers or teaching artists, stipends for curriculum-writing, professional development for classroom teachers, and other relevant projects.


Proposals should be tailored to the needs and interests of each partner, leverage the strengths of a university, and be inspired by the idea that all children are entitled to quality arts programming in the full spectrum of artistic disciplines, including Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.



  • Full-time UMBC faculty, with approval of proposal from Department Chair
  • Full-time UMBC staff, with approval of proposal from Department Chair
  • Full-time graduate students, with approval of proposal from the Graduate Program Director and Department Chair (for projects up to $1,000 only)

NOTE: All proposals must abide by workload policies associated with the applicant’s position.


For Projects Over $1,000

Fall Deadline: October 15th

Spring Deadline: March 15th

Decision and Notification: Within a month of deadline


For Projects Up to $1,000

Deadline: Rolling

Decision and Notification: Within two weeks of confirmation of receipt of application

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