AEMS’s Collaborations

Cross-Sector Collaborations

AEMS’s cross-sector collaborations allow us to work on structural issues affecting Maryland’s public education system that we might otherwise not have an opportunity to address. Ultimately, these collaborations are an opportunity to learn from those with diverse expertise and to support students, families, and educators in Maryland.

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The Coalition for the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future

The Blueprint Coalition is a large group of education advocates that worked together to ensure that House Bill 1300/Senate Bill 1000 (colloquially known as The Blueprint or Kirwan) passed and was fully funded. This piece of legislation was a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform Maryland’s public education system to make it better serve our students, teachers, and communities. To learn more about the Blueprint Bill/Kirwan check out the AEMS informational one-pager, visit our Advocacy Initiatives page, and read some of AEMS’s past testimony here.

Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition

The Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition (BDEC) was founded in the spring of 2020 as a COVID-19 responsive initiative. The COVID-19 pandemic illuminated and exacerbated many inequities in Baltimore City including the “digital divide”: nearly 60,000 Baltimore households do not have access to high-speed internet or appropriate devices. The coalition is working to close the divide through four main goals: access to devices, greater internet connectivity, digital skills training & technical support, and advocacy. AEMS joined the coalition at its founding because we recognize that students cannot thrive in a healthy society if they are disconnected from the essential services needed to support their education and wellbeing.

Maryland Education Coalition (MEC)

The Maryland Education Coalition (MEC) represents parents, civil rights, & special student population groups. For over 40 years MEC has advocated for adequate, equitable resources and systematic accountability for the estimated 900,000 public school students in Maryland’s public schools regardless of their academic, cultural, economic, geographic, racial or other demographic status.

Arts Education Collaborations

AEMS collaborates with arts education organizations and programs around the state to strengthen the arts education network. Below are some examples of some of the programs we collaborate with and support.

Maryland Centers for Creative Classrooms (MC3)

Working in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education Fine Arts Office and the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), AEMS administers the Maryland Center for Creative Classrooms (MC3). MC3 is a research-based, professional development series designed to support arts educators in developing skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed to lead quality arts-based instruction for 21st century learners.

Teaching Artist Institute (TAI)

The Teaching Artist Institute (TAI) enables community artists to build their capacity to contribute to student learning in and through the arts. The program trains teaching artists in the use and understanding of the state curriculum and the Common Core Standards, as well as arts integration strategies to assist the artist in engaging teachers and students. Topics such as classroom management strategies, designing, writing, and teaching artist-in-residence lessons, and educator needs are covered, as well as opportunities for field testing and feedback. TAI was initiated by AEMS in partnership with Young Audiences of Maryland and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Baltimore Arts Education Initiative (BAEI)

Baltimore City Public Schools in partnership with Arts Every Day launched the Baltimore Arts Education Initiative (BAEI) in Fall 2017 in response to the decline of arts education access districtwide. Thanks to the efforts of over 100 educators, advocates, arts partners, parents, students, district, and city leaders, the BAEI Committee Members created a comprehensive Arts Education Strategic Plan and measurable implementation goals. Under the superb leadership of Superintendent Dr. Sonja Santelises, City Schools adopted the Strategic Plan as a part of its “Blueprint for Success”. BAEI sought to take advantage of unprecedented policy changes and conversations happening at the federal, state, and local levels to re-incorporate arts education as a core education discipline in preK-12 education. 

Maryland Arts Integration Network (MAIN)

The AEMS Maryland Arts Integration Network (MAIN) provides professional development opportunities to educators who seek to implement arts integration techniques into their instructional practices. Collaborating with arts integration specialists, AEMS offers professional development experiences that explore connections between different arts disciplines and other academic subjects. In order to devote organizational efforts towards advocacy training, AEMS has concluded the MAIN program after April 2021.

Photo from the Worcester County Arts Integration Workshop “Early Childhood Professional Development Workshop” (November 6th, 2018)

Our Frequent Collaborators

Maryland State Department of Education Fine Arts Office

Under the leadership of the State Superintendent of Schools and guidance from the Maryland State Board of Education, the Maryland State Department of Education develops and implements standards and policy for education programs from pre-kindergarten through high school.

Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC)

The Maryland State Arts Council‘s mission is to advance the arts in our state by providing leadership that champions creative expression, diverse programming, equitable access, lifelong learning, and the arts as a celebrated contributor to the quality of life for all the people of Maryland. To carry out its mission, MSAC awards grants to non-profit, tax-exempt organizations for ongoing arts programming and projects. MSAC also awards grants to individual artists, and provides technical and advisory assistance to individuals and groups. MSAC receives its funds in an annual appropriation from the State of Maryland and from grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Council may also receive contributions from private, non-governmental sources.

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