G+P leads A4LE's Panel Discussion, Tour, and Most Likely to Succeed Film Screening


On February 15, A4LE’s (Association for Learning Environments) Chesapeake Bay / Delaware Valley Chapter hosted a school tour, documentary film screening, and panel discussion at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts + Technology in Baltimore, Maryland. Grimm + Parker helped coordinate and sponsor the event, building on a long term partnership with Baltimore County Public Schools.

Catered by students in the Culinary Arts program, the event started off in the gallery with a panel discussion moderated by Kieran Wilmes, Partner at Grimm + Parker Architects and Vice President of A4LE’s Chesapeake Bay / Delaware Valley Chapter.

The panel consisted of three students, each focusing on different ‘Primes’ offered at the Arts school, two teachers, and the school’s Assistant Principal, John O’Brien. The panel discussed their experiences at the new school and how it has enriched their lives.

Architects from G+P led tours of the school with the assistance of the students. The tours led visitors through highly specialized spaces such as a commercial kitchen for the culinary arts, a dance studio flooded with natural daylight, a carpentry shop that accommodates large-scale set builds for the adjacent theater, and a sculpture studio equipped with track-mounted hoist to move heavy pieces of artwork. To conclude the afternoon, a private screening of the highly-acclaimed film Most Likely to Succeed was shown in the Carver Theater followed by a brief discussion.

Most Likely to Succeed is the first national campaign to inspire – and empower – communities across the country to revolutionize their schools for the 21st Century. Directed by Greg Whiteley, the filmmaker watches his young daughter struggle to pay attention in school, then sets off on a journey to answer the question “Why has our education system stayed the same while our economy has so drastically shifted due to changes in technology?”

Most Likely to Succeed has been shown at Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, and AFI Fest just to name a few.

To learn more information about George Washington Carver Center for Arts + Technology, visit the project page here.