Mission, Vision, and History

Mission, Vision, and History

AEMS’s Vision:

All Maryland public school students have equitable access to arts education so that they can learn and achieve in and through dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.

AEMS’s Mission:

Increase student access to experiences in all art forms through purposeful actions:

  • Promote and advocate for state, local, and national policies that strengthen arts education
  • Communicate research and effective instructional practices in the arts with stakeholders in education, government, business, and the arts
  • Support and celebrate outstanding leaders in arts education
  • Provide learning opportunities for teachers of all art forms, teachers who integrate the arts into their disciplines, and teaching artists
  • Provide technical assistance in the areas of curriculum development, instruction, school structures, and organizational outreach to stakeholders

AEMS’s Organizational History:

In response to growing concern about the diminishing quality and equity of access to arts education in Maryland’s public schools, the Maryland State Arts Council, in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education, formed Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) in June 1992. Several beliefs inspired this effort: the importance of cultural literacy in teaching and learning; the arts’ intrinsic value in childhood development; and the ability to enhance learning and create positive school environments. In order to expand the scope of its activities, AEMS was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) Maryland non-profit organization in November 1997.

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