Mission

Enriching lives through arts education 

 

Vision
The Baum School of Art is a community school dedicated to providing instruction, guidance and encouragement for children, adults, and those who wish to pursue college level studies to reach their highest level of technical, physical, spiritual, creative, and emotional potential through the study of the visual arts. The School values the diversity of its population, including, but not limited to, gender, creed, social status or race. Our work is deeply rooted in service to the community.

About Baum
The Baum School of Art is a non-profit community art school located in center city Allentown. It has enriched the lives of thousands of adults and children throughout the Lehigh Valley for the past 83 years.  The School is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Art Schools and is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.  The student body consists of people from all aspects of the community... from preschool age to senior citizens; young adults pursuing college credit through Lehigh Carbon Community College; teens preparing for college and underprivileged children and families who require full financial assistance.

In 1987, a new building with 15,000 square feet of space was constructed. The school now contains nine classrooms, a black and white photography darkroom, computer lab, metalsmithing studio, ceramics studio, gallery, reception area, administrative center, storage, restrooms and maintenance facilities. In 1998 the Charles C. Dent Sculpture Garden was dedicated.

Classes and workshops are available during weekday mornings, afternoon and evenings for adults, and Saturdays or after school for children. These include computer graphics, sculpture, drawing, painting, jewelry and metalsmithing, photography, illustration, fashion design, watercolor, patternmaking, ceramics, figure studies and more. The exemplary faculty is very dedicated and is considered the heart of the School's educational program. More than 90% of the faculty has a bachelor's degree, 40% have earned masters degrees in fine arts and all are practicing artists.

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