Families: 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 Families!

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


Get In Touch With Your Local School System’s PTA

(Note: Not all systems have system-wide PTAs, it is worth checking to see if your specific school has one)

Find Out What Your Local School System’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan Is!

View this handy table of Maryland’s Local School System’s reopening plans and their continuity of learning plans for the arts.


Get Involved With AEMS!

Getting involved with AEMS is a great way to advocate for arts education. Consider donating or becoming an AEMS Ambassador today!

Become an AEMS Ambassador

AEMS Ambassadors are under-40 professionals committed to racial equity and arts education. Ambassadors meet quarterly (virtually) and serve on working committees to help with AEMS’s initiatives and programs. Along with these commitments is a quarterly “pay-your-age” due. As an AEMS Ambassador, you can help AEMS address systemic equity issues through arts education, share your expertise and learn from others, and expand your professional network.

Donate today!

Your financial support helps fuel our advocacy efforts to help ensure all children have access to arts education. Donate today-  any amount makes a difference!

Questions? Contact Rachel McGrain at rmcgrain@aems-edu.org

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