Educators: advocate for arts education

At AEMS, we advocate for arts education for all of Maryland’s public school students. This requires advocating at the level of state policy as well as working with local networks of arts education advocates to make sure you have arts education in your local communities. The more you know about the rights of Maryland students, the questions to ask, and some helpful facts and figures to make the case, the more we can work together to effectively create change for the students in your community!

Advocate for arts education: for Educators!

Our elected officials in local government, on local boards of education, and in the general assembly, need to hear from you! Participation in the political process means more than voting during elections. It also means communicating with your elected officials throughout the year, attending (virtual) meetings, and forming a network of advocacy with other people invested in the future of arts education. You can also do some vital advocacy by letting us at AEMS know what is happening in your community. If there is a problem (check our Soundcheck if you’re not sure), please contact AEMS through our Incident Report Form. You can also reach out to AEMS by scheduling a meeting during office hours between 4-6pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

Find Your Local Board of Education

Find Your Local Representative

Contact Your Discipline’s Professional Organization!

Get Involved With AEMS!

The more that our work at AEMS can be directly guided by our communities, the more we fulfill our mission. Getting involved with AEMS is a great way you can advocate for arts education – by working with us! If you are an educator, we encourage you to consider joining the AEMS Educator Council!

Join the AEMS Educator Council

The AEMS Educator Council is for arts educators committed to racial equity: current and former classroom arts teachers, non-arts classroom teachers, and teaching artists. The Educator Council meets quarterly (virtually) to advise AEMS staff on professional development and advocacy initiatives. Through participating in the Educator Council, you can help AEMS address systemic equity issues through arts education, share your expertise and learn from others, and expand your professional network!

Questions? Contact Rachel McGrain at

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