Let Your Voices and Opinions Be Heard! Give YOUR Input on Arts Education in Maryland Schools to the P20 Task Force
The Governor's P20 Task Force on Arts Education in Maryland has been formed and has begun its work. Now is the time for you to provide your opinions, ideas, and comments so that your voice is represented in the task force deliberations. The task force recommendations will be presented to the Governor and his P20 Leadership Council in June 2014.
There are three questionnaires provided for your input. You may respond to all or any questions. Please take time to join us in this critical work which will result in action to increase all students' access to dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.
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 June 2014.
Maryland Public High School Dance Showcase
AEMS is proud to partner with dance advocates from across the state in the presentation of the Maryland Public High School Dance Showcase (MPHSDS). The MPHSDS showcases excellence in public school dance education in Maryland. High schools submit audition materials, attend a full day of master classes, share with other dancers from around the state, and are exposed to college and university dance programs in Maryland. Showcase also provides the additional opportunity to celebrate student achievement with the presentation of the All-State Dance Awards and the Showcase Award for Professionalism and Performance.
The 2014 MPHSDS will be held on January 3, 2014 at Goucher College. Maryland public high schools offering fine arts dance classes during the academic day are eligible for Showcase.
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.