Families: make the case for the arts!

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!

Case-making on why arts are important for students

While we know through our own experiences with the arts that they are essential to learning, expression, and happiness, it is important to come to the discussion equipped with evidence. Here are a few resources you can consult to make the case in your community for 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

You can also listen to interviews of Maryland’s arts educators conducted by AEMS in a podcast called M:BRACE: Intersections of wellness and creativity. In the podcast, interviewees share their own journey as artists, the impact of education on them, and their experiences as arts educators. Produced as part of a collaborative effort with the Maryland State Department of Education Fine Arts Office, M:BRACE was a series of wellness-based professional development opportunities, with the podcast featuring the professional development facilitators and providing a preview of the upcoming sessions.

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!

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