Welcome to Arts Education in Maryland Schools

Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) is a 501(c)(3) Maryland Non-Profit Organization striving to ensure that all Maryland public school students have equitable access to high-quality arts education, regardless of their geographic location or socioeconomic status.


Kirwan Commission Interim Report

Read the interim report for the Commission on Innovation and Excellence (Kirwan Commission), published in January 2019. The report details the recommendations and extensive research to improve public education in Maryland.

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The Arts Help Achieve Multiple Measures of Success (From Americans for the Arts)

Compilation of research that supports the arts as a strategy to improve your state’s most pressing measures of success.

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Fast Facts: Arts Education Matters

Facts from AFTA's "Arts Education Navigator: Making the Case"


of business leaders say that creativity is the top skill they seek out in a hiring candidate


of Americans believe that the arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education


dropout rate of low-income students highly engaged in the arts, in comparison to 22% dropout rate of students not engaged


of African-American students had access to arts education, in comparison to 59% of white students


higher chance of graduating college for low-income students highly engaged in the arts

artlook® Maryland

AEMS’s artlook® Maryland is a public-facing, interactive data platform that will allow for unprecedented transparency about arts education in Maryland’s public schools. The data collected and displayed will also help connect schools with arts aartner organizations and teaching artists to streamline the delivery of arts education experiences to students. artlook® Maryland is launching in the pilot districts of Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Montgomery, and Queen Anne’s counties.

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Rachel, Peter, AEMS’s Bloomberg Fellowship interns, Ariel and Kairiq, and volunteers braved the heat to broadcast the importance of arts education...

Latest News

AEMS delivers powerful testimony at Kirwan Commission’s public hearing

Last night, AEMS Executive Director Quanice Floyd joined dozens of other speakers who gave testimony to the ‘Kirwan’ Commission on Innovation...

#GivingTuesday 2019: Give to Schools that Need Your Support

With Thanksgiving around the corner, AEMS is reflecting on the many hard-working, talented teachers across our state doing exciting and innovative work...

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