About Arts Education Advocacy

In Maryland, the arts are core subjects, as stated in the Code of Maryland Annotated Regulations (COMAR), making arts education a right for all students. Arts Education is a Civil and Human Right is the driving force behind our advocacy initiatives. The three main components of arts education being a civil right for us are:

  • Systemic Issues of Arts Education access – What is the root cause of why arts education is pervasive in one county versus another? Around the state, we’re working on statewide policy to understand why this is an issue county by county.
  • Arts are a tool for educational equity – Addressing the arts outside of the arts classroom (arts integration, Arts &…) and understanding how creativity can be used to help students thrive and close the opportunity gap.
  • Equity within Arts Education – Who does and doesn’t have access to the arts on a local level? Why don’t they have access? What can we do to get them access to a high quality arts education across all counties?

We know that each of these components require the help of everyone: students, families, teachers, school and district staff and administrators, community members, and policy makers to be able to work collectively to ensure that each of our students have access to arts education.

#WeAllDeserveArts: Blog Series

The #WeAllDeserveArts Blog series is an ongoing series that draws upon the perspectives and experiences of advocates, administrators, educators, teaching artists, and students to make compelling cases for why #WeAllDeserveArts.

M:BRACE The Professional Development Series & Podcast

The M:BRACE: Intersections of Arts & Wellness series was created as a collaboration between AEMS and the Maryland State Department of Education Fine Arts Office in the Spring of 2020 to offer wellness-based professional development opportunities to Maryland’s educators during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to the professional development experiences, AEMS hosted a podcast, interviewing the M:BRACE facilitators. Listen to the podcast series through our embedded player below on BuzzSprout, iTunes, Spotify, or wherever Podcasts are available. Visit the Fine Arts Office’s YouTube channel to watch recordings of the professional development sessions, and stay tuned for more PD opportunities at https://www.msdefinearts.org/about-mc3.

Also through this player, you will be able to access the audio of our National Arts in Education Week Conversations with Arts Educators! In celebration of YOUR Arts Educators, AEMS hosted live conversations featuring educators from different disciplines who shared their stories, their experiences teaching virtually, and their thoughts on arts education in the time of the pandemic. These were inspiring, thought-provoking, and powerful conversations. We will be sharing these interviews through our podcast channel in the coming weeks!

Listen to M:BRACE Podcast Episodes here!
Watch the M:BRACE Sessions here!

Facts & Figures

The Arts Help Achieve Multiple Measures of Success from AFTA

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


Report on Arts Education by SEADAE

“Roles of Certified Arts Educators, Certified Non-Arts Educators, and Providers of Supplemental Arts Instruction”


Arts Education Navigator: Making the Case, from AFTA

A 2015 publication about the impact of arts education.


Sharing Stories about the Arts

AEMS had the opportunity to work with incredible student artists through the Bloomberg Arts Internship program in the summers of 2019 and 2020. Explore the anecdotes they collected from interviews with Marylanders about the importance of arts education. 

Video created by Jannah Muhammad & Ty’Candice Smith

Arts Ed Policies

Arts education is a civil right, and Maryland students are entitled to receive it! The graphics below summarize the educational policies of Maryland (called COMAR) and educational policies of the United States (called ESSA) that relate to the arts.

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