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Access Art provides students with a safe space to explore their creativity, positive adult role models, empowering activities, valuable opportunities for leadership, and alternatives to high risk behavior.  Each year youth build on the comprehensive art skills they learn, deepen the connection to their own creative process, enhance their ability to affect their communities, and finally gain skills to become teaching assistants, mentors and entrepreneurs.



Access Art was founded in 2000 by community artist and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Professor Tony Shore and community mural artist Shawn James.  After completing a Master of Fine Arts Degree at Yale University School of Art in 1997 Mr. Shore was inspired and compelled to return to the Morrell Park community where he grew up to work with at-risk youth in partnership with Mr. James.  Access Art's home base is now located in the old Enoch Pratt Library where Mr. Shore spent many after school hours drawing during his adolescence.  In 2008, Access Art merged with The Youthlight Project, an award winning and highly regarded after school program in the City, in order to better serve youth in Southwest Baltimore.



Youth Served

Access Art has directly served over 1000 youth.

Murals & Media

Youth have created 14 large scale murals and produced 8 public service billboard campaigns tackling issues in their community generating over 240,000 media hits.


Youth have sold over $7,000 worth of artwork. Youth have been in numerous exhibitions including at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum.


85% of Access Art students 18 and over have graduated high school or earned a GED. 


Students have received college scholarships totaling $11,000 based on art portfolios and work produced in the Access Art programs.

School Attendance

Youth enrolled in Access Art programs consistently attend their regular school day more often than their non-enrolled peers.

Job Skills

One of our former students is now a full instructor for Access Art. Others have been hired by local non-profits for their photography skills.

Self Worth

85% youth in our programs consistently report that their self worth, sense of hope, and creativity has grown due to our programs.


Marshall Clarke- Executive Director

Tiffany Jones- Director of Programs and Equity Initiatives

Elizabeth Lounsbury- Morrell Park Community School Coordinator 

Susan Tuberville- Morrell Park OST Site Coordinator 

Chelsi Johnson- Visual Arts Instructor- Morrell Park 5+ 

Jessie Houff- Visual Arts Instructor- Morrell Park 5+

Elaine Foster- Visual Arts Instructor- Wildwood K-1

Marcus Ross- Visual Arts Instructor- Wildwood K-1

Zipporah Lockett- Visual Arts Instructor- Wildwood 2-3

Lauren Lyde- Visual Arts Instructor- Wildwood 2-3

Antoinella Peterkin- Visual Arts Instructor- Wildwood 4-5

Keisha Butler - Visual Arts Instructor-  Wildwood 4-5

Linnea Poole- Visual Arts Instructor- Wildwood 6-8

Kai Miles- Visual Arts Instructor- Wildwood 6-8

Trevor Crest- Site Manager- Commodore John Rodgers

Nick Dvorak - Visual Arts Instructor- Commodore John Rodgers 4-8

Kenneth Clemons- Visual Arts Instructor- Commodore John Rodgers 4-8

Lynette Rodgers- Visual Arts Instructor- Commodore John Rodgers 4-8

Joshua Olsen- Visual Arts Instructor


Jess Gartner- Board President

Founder & CEO of Allovue Software Company


Shawn James- Board Treasurer

Owner of Mural Masters/ Co-founder of Access Art

Mary Beth Muscara-- Board Secretary

Artist/ Sculptor/ Illustrator


Mark L. Carter- Board Member

Executive Director of New Song Community Center


Ed Mullin- Board Member

Chief Information Officer, VP - Think Systems

Michelle Santos- Board Member

Director of Journalism & Media Arts at Richard Wright Public Charter School

Archie Veale- Board Member

Department Chair and Instructor for Baltimore School for the Arts

Michael Wilson- Board Member

Dispatch Supervisor with Baltimore Gas and Electric

Jeremy LaMaster- Board Member

Research Program Manager at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Chrystle Norris- Board Member

Community Member Morrell Park/ Parent of Access Art students

Alexandra Lohrbach - Board Member

Senior Associate, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative at Annie E. Casey Foundation






Betty Lee & Dudley P. Digges Memorial Fund

Helen P. Denit


Eddie & Sylvia Brown Foundation

Morrell Park

Elementary Middle School

Wildwood Elementary Middle Community School

Tides Foundation



Commodore John Rodgers

Elementary Middle School

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