Advocacy Initiatives

AEMS believes that arts education is a civil and human right and we take a holistic and dynamic approach to advocacy so that we are always centering the needs of our constituents. We advocate through policy and legislation, influencing decision makers, participating in special initiatives, and by sharing resources with community members to support them in their own advocacy journeys.

To learn more about how YOU can advocate, visit the pages of our Advocacy Center!

Advocacy Framework

AEMS asks the following questions when designing initiatives or considering collaborative efforts to join:
  • Does this issue affect one of our constituency bases (arts organizations, students, families, teaching artists, teachers, fine arts supervisors)? 
  • Does this issue directly impact access to arts education? 
  • Does this issue impact access to a holistic education? 
  • Does this help inform constituents about the importance of arts education?
  • Does this help equip/train constituents to articulate the needs of their students or arts education?
  • Does this help constituents take action/advocate for arts education?  
  • Does this help students thrive in a healthy society?
  • Does this provide opportunities for the most marginalized?

Learn more about some of our recent advocacy initiatives below!

AEMS’s Letter to the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee on SB 915 Maryland Blueprint Clarification Bill

Maryland Education Coalition’s Letter to the Maryland State Department of Education Superintendent

A Letter to the State Department of Education from AEMS & Arts Ed. Professional Associations

AEMS’s letter to the Kirwan Commission

AEMS’s Letter to Maryland’s Local School System Superintendents

AEMS’s Testimony to the General Assembly

National Arts In Our Schools Month 2022

In March 2022, AEMS hosted an arts educator townhall, fundraised for Maryland’s professional arts educator associations, and shared video tributes to celebrate arts educators throughout the state. Click below to view the arts educator tribute videos.

National Arts in Education Week 2022

We will observe National Arts in Education Week from September 11 – 17, 2022!

Stay tuned for this years celebration. Click below to view conversations from 2021.

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