Arts & Culture

The Arts at The Wilkes School

Creative expression flourishes within The Wilkes School and throughout our Mt. Vernon neighborhood. The visual arts and music programs provide opportunities for children to develop self-expression, personal communication, and divergent thinking. Students work in a variety of media and acquire technical skills and aesthetic judgment. They collaborate with classmates to solve problems creatively. They recognize and appreciate interdisciplinary patterns and connections. Beginning in kindergarten, students attend art and music classes with subject specialists.

Centered in the cultural heart of the city, Wilkes School students embrace the unique opportunities for cultural immersion and participation in vibrant arts experiences both inside and outside of our classrooms. Wilkes students log miles on Baltimore’s sidewalks on weekly visits to the Enoch Pratt Central Library, through the magnificent halls of the Walters Art Museum, and into the concerts of The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, providing the ideal setting and inspiration to begin exploring the wonders and influences of ancient cultures and our classical roots. The abundant resources, the gardens and fountains, and the architecture of the surrounding facades epitomize our classical heritage and inspire the study of Egyptian (grade 3), Greek (grade 4), and Roman (grade 5) art and mythology and analysis of their connections to contemporary society.

Music classes at The Wilkes School celebrate the joys of music participation and music appreciation. Children enjoy many performance opportunities in addition to the music classroom, including chapel, the annual arts festival, and performing for community audiences at local institutions. A short walk from the doors of The Wilkes School to the doors of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, leads students to the magnificent performances of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

At the nearby Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center, Wilkes students enjoy dance and physical education classes.
Wilkes School joyfully ushers children through the city’s cultural district and into the world of lifelong learning.

Our Urban Campus

The Parks at Mt. Vernon Square

The gardens and fountains, the architecture of the surrounding facades, and the Washington Monument epitomize our classical heritage and inspire our integrated arts/classics curriculum.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch

Image courtesy of the Enoch Pratt Free Public Library
Students take weekly walks to browse and use the extensive treasures of this premier facility—one of the country’s oldest and finest public library systems.

The Walters Art Museum

Image courtesy of The Walters Art Museum
Students explore The Walters’ magnificent collection of ancient antiquities with teachers and trained docents.

The Maryland Historical Society

A hop, skip, and a jump to the past (and present).

The Maryland Science Center

Lexington Market

There’s always something to see and do (or eat) at the world’s largest continuously running market.

The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Wilkes students enjoy performances of the famed Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and marvel at the sights and acoustics of this incredible structure.

Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center

Wilkes students participate in physical education and dance classes at the Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center and enjoy the creative exhibits in lobby.