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CAFE XV Registration is now OPEN! May 29th at Towson University's Center for the Arts

Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance is hosting the fifteenth annual Cultural Arts for Education (CAFE) Conference - Fresh Food for Thought: Come Nurture Your Creativity - on May 29th, 2014 at Towson University's Center for the Arts.

The keynote speaker will be Lee Boot, Associate Research Professor at, and Associate Director of, UMBC's Imaging Research Center. The day will also include student performances and workshops presented by arts educators, educators who are integrating the arts into their disciplines, teaching artists, arts organizations, and arts institutions.

Keynote Speaker, Lee Boot's Bio: Lee Boot is an experimental media artist exploring new ways to use digital media technologies to help people connect with valuable knowledge. He collaborates with interdisciplinary teams of researchers in the arts, sciences, humanities and engineering, to develop content for visual storytelling that includes filmmaking, photography, painting, and sculpture, and interactive digital forms to engage audiences in new ways. His work has been exhibited and screened nationally and internationally in galleries and museums such as the Johannesburg Biennale, London's Serpentine Gallery, and The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. Lee's film, Euphoria was included in numerous festivals and received the Gold Award for Documentary at the Houston International Film Festival. His article and digital painting on the subject of intuition appear in the new book, Convergence, published by the National Academy of Sciences Press.

Registration information and a conference agenda can be found here.

New Conference: Imagination Toolbox Conference - Integration, Creativity and Innovation

June 24, 2014, 8:30am - 4:00pm, at The Walters Art Museum

Interactions, discussions and hands-on participation is the focus of this exciting conference sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability, The Walters Art Museum and Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance. The conference will feature a Toolbox Slam, Creative Problem Solving scenarios and Networking.

Think speed dating, as you participate in The Toolbox Slam, short presentations by educators, museum educators and businesses on how the arts and arts integration supports College and Career-Ready Standards, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. Opportunities to engage in discussions after the presentations provide the chance for you to express opinions, ask questions and gain insight while the presenter goes more in-depth into their individual programs.

Be ready for a creative challenge! Use 21st century skills as you work with a team to solve an artistic problem, then determine how the skills translate into the classroom and the workplace.

Network and communicate with other professionals. Join educators, museum educators and business personnel in exploring and engaging in how the arts are fundamental to education and the decisions we make on a daily basis. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Call for proposals deadline is May 9. Registration deadline is June 11. To register or submit a proposal for the conference, please click here.

Four Maryland Principals Named Outstanding Leaders in Arts Education

Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance announced the 2014 Alvin and Louise Myerberg Arts Leadership Recognition Awards on March 13th at a luncheon held at The Walters Art Museum. The winning principals were John Ceschini, principal of Seven Oaks Elementary in Anne Arundel County, Barbara Liess, principal of Kensington Parkwood Elementary in Montgomery County, Regina Rando, principal of Willards Elementary in Wicomico County, and Dr. Sharon Robbins, principal of Sudbrook Magnet Middle School in Baltimore County.

There were fifteen nominees who were recognized at the luncheon, and they represented nine counties in the state. All of the nominees received Certificates of Acknowledgement for establishing arts-rich environments in their schools. The four winners received a trophy and a monetary gift to support their arts programs. School system leaders and teachers attended the luncheon to show support for their principals. Lyn Frankel, Chair of the AEMS Board of Trustees, Mary Cary, Executive Director of AEMS, and Dr. Jack Smith, Chief Academic Officer at the Maryland State Department of Education, gave remarks and congratulated all of the principals. Wendy Jachman, AEMS trustee, spoke of her parents in whose honor the awards are given.

For more information about the winners and nominees, click here.

Maryland Artist/Teacher Instute (MATI) 2014 Application Now Available

Working in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS) administers the Maryland Artist/Teacher Institute (MATI). Celebrating its 20th year in 2014, MATI is an intensive professional development summer program for elementary and middle school teachers and administrators that is conducted by master teachers, artists, and artist-educators in a residential university setting, with follow-up throughout the academic year. Through lectures, seminars, and workshops, teachers are provided with opportunities to enhance their knowledge of the relationships among content areas and of ways that the arts can be used to integrate curriculum, content, processes, and skills. Cross-disciplinary teams examine various models for integrating the arts into the school curriculum. The teams participate in hands-on workshops to become more familiar with creative processes and to develop an understanding of the continuous interaction that occurs among the arts and other content areas. Participants begin the planning process for integrating the arts into instruction at their sites and sharing their work with colleagues.

NEW in 2014!

Teaching Artist Workshops

  • RECOGNIZE participants’ diversity in arts integration experiences!
  • MULTIPLE text resources incorporated including non-print!

Artistic Opportunities

  • Open Studios - EXPLORE the creative self; try new ideas in the arts- just for fun!
  • Live Performance
  • 20th Anniversary Bash - DANCE the night away with Janine Gilbert-Carter and her band!

This year's MATI is July 7 - 11.

For application materials, please click here.

Governor's Leadership Council Task Force on Arts Education in Maryland Schools Announces Regional Forums for Public Comments

Governor Martin O'Malley's Leadership Council established a statewide task force to study and make recommendations on students' access to dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. The final report of the task force will be presented to the Governor and his Council in September 2014.

To ensure that all stakeholders in students' education in Maryland have an opportunity to provide the task force with their comments, there will be regional forums held around the state.

To see the schedule, please click here.

Governor Martin O'Malley's P-20 Leadership Council Creates a Task Force on Arts Education in Maryland

On Monday, September 16, 2013, Governor Martin O’Malley’s P-20 Leadership Council voted unanimously to have a statewide task force on arts education in Maryland schools. Dr. William E. (Brit) Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, made the initial motion to endorse and commented on the power of the arts in his life and the importance of the arts for all students. Co chairing the task force will be nationally known sculptor and founder of Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance, Mary Ann Mears, and Dr. Jack Smith, Deputy Superintendent at the Maryland State Department of Education. Governor O’Malley’s commitment to arts education is longstanding, and he has been recognized nationally with the prestigious Public Leadership in Arts Award. To continue Maryland’s standing as a national leader in education, the Governor wants to ensure that all students have access to a quality education which includes the arts. Council members commented on the critical importance of creativity and innovation in the workforce and the need for students to have a creative edge in order to be globally competitive. The P-20 Task Force on Arts Education will present the final report to the Governor and the Council in September 2014.

Task Force Press Release

Task Force Charge

ArtsEdSearch – new resource from Arts Education Partnership (AEP)

"ArtsEdSearch is the nation's first online research and policy clearinghouse focused entirely on student and educator outcomes associated with arts learning in and out of school. Featuring user-friendly summaries of high-quality research, and overviews of current research examined through different lenses, ArtsEdSearch provides reliable and objective information about the academic, cognitive, personal, social and professional outcomes of an arts education. ArtsEdSearch also identifies gaps in research and serves as a valuable roadmap for researchers and funders looking to tackle the most pressing education issues of our time." – from Arts Education Partnership website

AEMS Alliance Announces New Executive Director

Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS) is pleased to announce the appointment of an inspiring new Executive Director, Mary Cary, with an official start date of January 15, 2013. Nationally recognized in the education field, Mary has most recently worked at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) where she has served for thirteen and a half years as an educational leader for our state, most recently as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. She has played a critical part in securing and implementing Maryland’s Race to the Top grant from the US Department of Education. Mary is a nationally recognized leader in arts education as well as in education overall. She was the founder and creator of the Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Baltimore County, one of the premiere public arts high Schools in the United States.


Bates Middle School featured on Edutopia's "Schools that Work"

Edutopia's Schools That Work series profiles K-12 schools, districts, and programs that are dramatically improving the way students learn. Wiley H. Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, MD, was chosen as a School that Works because of their strong arts integrated classrooms.

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