March 8, 2021
As winter quickly turns into spring, I am delighted to share news about The Bridges Program.
Our students have made noteworthy progress this year. Bridges Program faculty members continue to innovate, using modern technologies to aid the virtual learning experience. The virtual format has also resulted in students being exposed to a wide range of artists both through individual teacher efforts and opportunities to participate in virtual content offered by organizations across the United States. During the month of February, student and their families were given the opportunity to view documentaries including “R.A.W. Tuba”, which tells the story of Dr. Richard White, a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and current member of the New Mexico Philharmonic. We look forward to sharing more of this content with all of you during the remainder of this academic year and ask that you watch our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/thebridgesprogram) for upcoming events and general updates.
As we were unable to hold our annual end-of-year concert in 2020, I am pleased to share that this year’s concert will take place on Saturday, May 29, 2021. This will be our first virtual concert and will contain both small and large ensemble performances featuring students at Wolfe Street Academy, Govans Elementary, Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School, and Roland Park Elementary/Middle School.
While Baltimore City Schools is expanding optional in-person learning throughout the month of March, the Bridges Program will remain virtual for the remainder of the 2020-2021 academic year. This decision was made after vigorous discussion with our site partners and continued monitoring of vaccine availability. We look forward to a return to in-person learning when it is truly safer to do so.
Samuel Thompson, Program Director