Programs and Events

Arts Education Symposium on Anti-Racism

Saturday, November 21, 2020 marked a day of exciting, insightful, and compelling experiences to deepen your understanding of anti-racism and abolitionist teaching in arts education. In addition to a keynote by award-winning author Dr. Bettina Love, the symposium included breakouts to apply abolitionist principles to the various arts disciplines and classrooms.

About the Symposium


A-REALL: Anti-Racist Educators of the Arts Learning Lab

A-REALL is a professional learning community for arts educators, teaching artists, and arts integration classroom teachers committed to anti-racism in learning spaces, presented by the MSDE Fine Arts Office and AEMS.  

The cohort of twenty-seven (27) Maryland participants will convene bi-monthly to address racial inequities in arts education by:

  • learning and reconciling history and the root causes of educational and art world disparities,
  • working collaboratively to address procedures, policies, and practices that lack cultural competency,
  • developing teaching and learning resources for the field, and
  • developing facilitation skills for brave dialogue about race with students and stakeholders.

Arts Educator & Artist Campaign School

Inspired by Fractured Atlas’ Artist Campaign School program, the Arts Education Campaign School will be a multi-year experience for a small cohort of Maryland public school arts educators to learn how to organize and run a campaign for elected office. This program seeks to mobilize power to communities, equipping arts educators to take an active part in our political process. Check back soon for details on how to apply!


Community Meetings

Arts Educators, we want to hear from YOU! AEMS will continue to host community meetings so that we can be responsive to your needs.

Stay tuned for the release of our report on our 2020 Community Meetings.


Ambassador & Educator Council Meetings

Our AEMS Ambassadors and members of the AEMS Educator Council ensure that our work is mobilizing power to communities. Ambassadors serve on working committees to support our work with communications, advocacy and outreach, and equity and anti-racism. Educators meet quarterly to advise on AEMS programming and advocacy.


Coffee with Quanice

AEMS Members at the Supporter level and higher are invited to schedule a virtual “coffee” chat with AEMS Executive Director Quanice Floyd to discuss arts education issues, AEMS initiatives, and socialize. To schedule, use the button below!

Contact Quanice Floyd at qfloyd@aems-edu.org for more information.

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