exceptional arts education for all ages, abilities, and interests.
Like everything else, education at BlackRock has changed. But throughout all the transitions one thing has remained constant--the need and value of personal expression, social and emotional learning, and critical thinking offered through the arts.
Along with a cohort of award-winning, internationally-renowned teachers, BlackRock has made social and emotional learning a bedrock in our programming.
** COVID-19 NOTICE **
BlackRock is currently offering limited in-person classes and virtual classes.
Please check our Class Listings to verify in-person or virtual.
Click here to read about our Class Policies and COVID Procedures.
From past favorites to new experiences, our team is curating the next session of Spring classes. Click below to find available classes.
ART FOR ALL SCHOLARSHIP
At a time when so many families are coping with hardships, we remain committed to our mission--art access for all--through our scholarship program.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the program covers 75% of tuition for an entire family. Anyone can apply for tuition assistance with awards made on a rolling basis.
Applications are available for our Performance Step Program.
BlackRock also offers a 10% discount for Montgomery County Public School teachers & staff and individuals 62 years or older.
Email our Education Manager for details.
At BlackRock, we develop programming that enriches the lives of our students, prompts social dialogue, promotes individual expression, and narrows the achievement gap through a combined art and literacy experience.
Read more about our latest grant-winning program, BlackRock in a Box and the ground-breaking documentary project, The Finding Fellowship Series.
To partner, support, or learn more about BlackRock's cross-functional programming,
email our Chief Program Officer.
BlackRock in a Box is an art education and literacy program for students in grades in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Each class blends social emotional wellbeing concepts and topics intertwined with arts instruction, and related poetry and prose.
In addition to fostering a safe, nurturing, vocabulary rich learning environment, topics, and themes for each course focus on personal well-being, students also receive a box of art supplies that they get to keep.
Classes are taught virtually by BlackRock Teaching Artists, experts in their discipline, for lessons that develop art skills in the visual arts, drama, puppeteering, and mindfulness.
Students make strong connections socially as well as having new opportunities to express themselves through interpretation of a theme.
Daly Elementary School
Germantown Elementary School
Great Seneca Creek Elementary School
Kingsview Middle School
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
McAulliffe Elementary School
This program is made possible by a grant from the Children's Opportunity Fund, a grant from the William S. Abell Foundation, a donation from the DIVAS organization, and through individual donors.
BlackRock in a Box
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"My daughter has been painting every day since she started the BlackRock Art in a Box, "Love the Skin Your In". We are so proud of her. Thank you for awakening this gift inside her and for all that you do."
"Thank you for the opportunity for my son to attend the BlackRock in a Box puppet theater class. It was packed with great lessons that enlightened him emotionally and accademically. He will carry with him the skills you impoarted for the rest of his life.
THE FINDING FELLOWSHIP SERIES
The Quince Orchard Project (TQOP) in partnership with BlackRock Center for the Arts (BlackRock) and Docs In Progress is launching a new digital storytelling program, The Finding Fellowship Series. This two-month program centers around filmmaker Jason Green’s 60-minute documentary, Finding Fellowship. The film tells the story of how the death of Dr. King inspired three fledging Methodists churches– two white and one black– to merge into one. The documentary highlights our need as a community and a culture to preserve stories, memories, and lessons of the past in order to shape our future.
The Finding Fellowship Series, will run February 5 through April 11, 2021 and include the below opportunities for engagement:
Interviews with documentary participants
Week-long viewing for Finding Fellowship
Live Q&A with director & producer, Jason Green
Documentary workshop for students ages 15-18
Closing reception with panel of local leaders
FUNDING & SUPPORT
This program is made possible through support of Maryland Humanities, The Art & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and Heritage Montgomery.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Finding Fellowship provides a model for how to learn and grow from our pain and come together to support and care for one another as a nation."
"This is an amazing story of wisdom and tolerance, people coming together at a time when a lot of hatred and anger was present."