To ensure that all children in Baltimore City have access to the arts, BSA created TWIGS (To Work In Gaining Skills), a free after-school program for 2nd-8th grade Baltimore City children. The program serves up to 700 students each year.
TWIGS brings students together with professional artists in a multi-year curriculum designed to build understanding and skill in one of five art disciplines: Dance, Music (Vocal or Instrumental), Theatre (Acting or Stage Design & Production), Visual Arts, or Film & Visual Storytelling. Classes run for 20 to 24 weeks during the school year, culminating in year-end student performances, recitals, and exhibitions. TWIGS serves as a stepping stone for admission to the high school or a similar pre-professional art program; each year roughly 50 percent of the incoming freshman class at BSA have been trained through TWIGS.
TWIGS annual report for the 2020-21 school year.

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Registration is now CLOSED for TWIGS Auditions for the 21-22 school year. We will audition prospective students in spring 2022 for the 22-23 school year. Please check back in February 2022 for updated information.

To receive a pdf of the TWIGS Audition Brochure, please email us at

What You’ll Learn

Photograph of Baltimore School for the Arts students




Special Programs

In addition to TWIGS, Baltimore School for the Arts reaches thousands of young people through free matinee performances and gallery tours for city schools, as well as special performances for families and children throughout the year.

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Director of TWIGS and Community Outreach

Becky Mossing ’88

Becky Mossing

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