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Three girls throw a peace sign in the air and freeze in a pose, watching as art teacher Mary Rosoff quickly outlines their shadows on the ground in yellow chalk.

The squiggly figures will soon be filled in with a fresh coat of black paint that pops against the rainbow backdrop painted by kids a week prior as part of a new art class held every Wednesday behind Robinwood Community Center.


The beige concrete in the back of the community center now resembles a cheery rainbow wheel that sets the stage for the outdoor classroom run by Maryland Hall teachers. ArtReach, an outreach initiative through Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, brings art programs to local communities, so residents don’t have to find transportation to art centers. Art teachers started two pilot outdoor classrooms in Eastport and Robinwood in October.

Rosoff, a longtime art teacher with Maryland Hall and ArtFarm, and Scott Clarke, an art teacher at Anne Arundel Community College who taught art classes at nursing homes through ArtReach, guide a handful of kids through the painting activity.

The idea for outdoor classrooms was born out of conversations that Laura Brino, outreach coordinator at Maryland Hall, had with The Youth Collaborative, a collection of youth-serving nonprofits in the Annapolis area, Brino said.


“At that point, Maryland Hall partnered with Deonte Ward from B.L.A.C.K. Excel, Ken Starkes from Community Transitions, Erin Snell from Charting Careers, Ted Berkinshaw from Annapolis Maritime Museum and Jane Lawrence from Seeds for Success to set up site visits and see what community residents wanted,” Brino said. “We started with these two HACA properties. Once we had their input, we


installed the classroom spaces over a weekend with the help of the community.”




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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBFF) -- During the 4th of July weekend, artists and volunteers gathered to paint a mural of Breonna Taylor in an Annapolis park.

The finished 7,000-square-foot mural can be found on a basketball court in Chambers Park in Annapolis.



The project was led by Annapolis-based Future History Now, a non-profit art collective that creates murals with youth facing adversity in underserved communities, according to their website.

The idea came about after co-founder Jeff "Jahru" Huntington and two of the group's teaching artists, Deonte Ward and Comacell Brown, painted a mural of George Floyd that included the names of other Black Americans killed at the hands of police, Future History Now's co-founder Julia Gibb told CNN.


Taylor's death was mentioned in many of the national demonstrations over police brutality.

The Louisville Metro police department has fired one of the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.

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