On July 5, Young Audiences will kick off its expanded Summer Arts and Learning Academy. The Academy is a free five week program immersing low-income students in a wide variety of art forms taught by 36 locally-based professional artists. The full-day program will engage up to 900 students in grades K-5, encouraging imagination, creation and expression through the arts. The participating schools are Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School, William Pinderhughes Elementary, Gardenville Elementary, and Fort Worthington Elementary. For more information call 410-837-7577 or visit