Inspiring work is being done in many districts throughout our state to ensure equitable and high-quality access to arts education! If your district has an initiative they would like to highlight, please contact us.
In response to a district-wide decline of arts education access, Baltimore City Public Schools in partnership with Arts Every Day launched the Baltimore Arts Education Initiative (BAEI) in Fall 2017. Thanks to the efforts of over 100 educators, advocates (including AEMS), 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.
Read more about the Baltimore Arts Education Initiative here.
Anne Arundel County
The Arts Empowered Minds Initiative (AEMI) is a collective impact initiative that utilizes the arts to improve school achievement, parent involvement, and student engagement and empathy in Northern Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
Arts Empowered Minds is led by Young Audiences / Arts for Learning, the Chesapeake Arts Center, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS), the University of Maryland – Baltimore County, and the Anne Arundel County Police Department.
Through the collaboration of a diverse array of concerned citizens and organizations, the Arts Empowered Minds Initiative (AEMI) will increase access to high-quality, arts-integrated learning opportunities by both creating new programs and leveraging existing resources to increase their impact. AEMI is focused on putting into place three essential elements in Northern Anne Arundel County public schools:
- Sustainable partnerships with teaching artists and arts organizations that inspire children and use the creative process to make meaningful, real-world connections to the curriculum
- Increased access to out-of-school time arts programs
- Professional development for teachers in arts integration to boost student engagement
Read more about the Arts Empowered Minds Initiative here.
Queen Anne's County
In June 2018, students, parents, and community members worked, together with support from AEMS, to advocate for the Queen Anne’s County High School dance program, which was at risk of being eliminated for the coming school year. In response to an inadequate maintenance of effort funding level from the QA County Commissioners, the superintendent was faced with difficult decisions in order to keep all of the teachers in the district and work within the budget. As a result, the dance teacher at QACHS was reassigned to social studies, effectively cutting the 17-year-old dance program at the school. This posed a serious issue of equity for the students who were not only enrolled in the program but were also using their dance education to secure scholarships for college.
Through extensive research, conversations, and a student-led social media campaign, the QACHS community members involved in this initiative were successful in persuading leadership to keep the dance program at QACHS. School district leadership has continued supporting strong arts programming and was recently featured on WBAL to discuss the state of the arts in Queen Anne’s County.
School District Fine Arts Pages
- Allegany County
- Anne Arundel County- Music and Visual Arts
- Baltimore City
- Baltimore County
- Calvert County
- Caroline County
- Carroll County
- Cecil County
- Charles County (Elementary Schools Arts Page)
- Dorchester County
- Frederick County
- Garrett County
- Harford County
- Howard County
- Kent County
- Montgomery County
- Prince George’s County
- Queen Anne’s County
- Somerset County
- St. Mary’s County
- Talbot County (Curriculum Page)
- Washington County
- Wicomico County
- Worcester County