Financial Assistance

The school’s founder, Dr. Walter Emerson Baum, believed that no one should be deprived the opportunity to study art because of limited financial resources.

Today we remain dedicated to providing instruction, guidance, and encouragement for children and adults who wish to reach their full potential through the study of the visual arts.

Financial assistance is made possible through the generosity of the following individuals, in addition to our philanthropic partners.

Linny's Kids was established in 2003, thanks to a gift from the late businesswoman, philanthropist, Board of Trustee member, and friend, Mrs. Marlene “Linny” Fowler. This program is designed to offer children whose families may not be able to afford the cost of tuition the opportunity to attend classes at The Baum School of Art. Linny’s love for children and her belief that those who participate in the arts create a healthy outlet for life, is manifested in the opportunities provided by this program. Linny was a staunch patron of the arts, a strong advocate for our schools, and compassionate benefactor to dozens of humanitarian organizations in the Lehigh Valley.

The STAR Program was established in 2005 by the late Fredda and Bruce Fischman who created a Senior Tuition Assistance Reward (STAR) benefiting senior citizens. All students age 65 or older are eligible for this tuition assistance program. At this time, assistance is limited and will be given to those most in need.

All requests for financial assistance should be made in writing and sent to Lauren Faurl, Director of Development and Communications, The Baum School of Art, 510 W. Linden St. Allentown, PA 18101 or emailed to:

Requests need to be submitted several weeks before the start of classes. Requests should include the student and/or parent/guardian(s) names, contact information, and the session they would like to attend. After requests are received, a brief interview will be scheduled, at which income documentation must be submitted.

Anyone can make art and everyone should have the opportunity.


Maybe you have never picked up a brush, a pastel, a stick of charcoal, or a slab of clay – or maybe you have been creating art for years. Either way, everyone can make a mark at The Baum School of Art. How will you make yours?

— Artwork by Ken Mizerny