We believe that sustained advocacy is necessary to mobilize individuals to spark changes in arts education policies at the local, state, and national levels. Advocacy that effectively transforms policy on the state and local level is critical to ensuring high-quality arts education for all Maryland schoolchildren at all levels of education. Advocacy works when advocates are properly informed and active in the process. AEMS dedicates substantial time and resources to disseminate information and convene arts education supporters. Along with partner organizations and institutions, AEMS advocates for policies and practices that sustain and strengthen high-quality arts education opportunities and programs.
AEMS strives to support the mission of Fine Arts Office of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to promote meaningful engagement in arts education for all Maryland students. We work in close conjunction with the Maryland Fine Arts Education Advisory Panel to support State Board policies on arts education. In addition, AEMS serves as a resource for local school systems.