1970-1973: Cultural Arts Expands Throughout the City

August 1970: 
Norman E. Ross appointed as the director of the Cultural Arts Program.  Within six months, five new cultural arts centers are opened throughout Baltimore City.


May 6, 1971:
The total number of students of all ages participating in CAP programs reaches 7,000, instructed by a staff of fifteen teachers.

May 1972:
CAP sponsors the first Malcolm X Cultural Arts and Community Awareness Festival.


Model Cities Mini-Festival student concert, circa 1970s.Robert Breck Chapman Photographs.

June 1972:
Youth summer job program called “Expanded Arts” was created, providing  work in the field of various art disciplines to hundreds of students between the ages of 14 through 20.

August 1972:
Works by CAP students are exhibited in a “Model Cities Art” show at the Baltimore Museum of Art.


CAP students in the Expanded Arts Summer Job Program enjoy a lunch break, circa 1970. Robert Breck Chapman Photographs.

May 1973:
Famed actors, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, conduct drama workshops for over 3,000 Baltimore students.

October 1973:
World famous Eleo Pomare Dance Company gives workshops for hundreds of Baltimore City school students.

1970-1973: Cultural Arts Expands Throughout the City