Programs and Events

Annual Symposium on Anti-Racism

Since November, 2020 AEMS has held an annual symposium on anti-racism and abolitionist teaching in arts education. With a nationally-prominent keynote speaker and specialist facilitators drawn from the local arts education ecosystem, this event provides arts educators with the opportunity to learn and to hold space for brave conversations around anti-racism in arts education, both on a structural level as well as on the classroom level. Learn more about past Symposiums below.

Past Symposiums

Arts Educator & Artist Campaign School

Inspired by Fractured Atlas’ Artist Campaign School program, the Arts Educator / Artist 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. The inaugural Campaign School cohort ended in February 2022. See the first Campaign School cohort below and learn more about the Campaign School and the first cohort here!



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 first cohort of twenty-seven (27) Maryland participants convened bi-monthly to address racial inequities in arts education throughout 2021 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.

Stay tuned for updates and details on the next A-REALL cohort, taking place in 2022-2023.


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.

Read the report we produced from our 2020 Community Meetings here.


Ambassador & Arts Ed-visor Meetings

For FY22 AEMS offers two different kinds of opportunities to volunteer and get involved with us and our fight for equitable access to arts education for all Maryland public school students. These volunteers will meet quarterly with possible additional meetings.

AEMS Ambassadors

Arts Ed Ambassadors will help support the rollout of the Advocacy 101 webinars and other AEMS advocacy initiatives, recruiting participants and providing AEMS with valuable constituent feedback. This program is an opportunity arts education advocates under 40 to help us ensure that our work is making an impact in the arts education advocacy ecosystem.

Arts Ed-visors

Arts Ed-visors help ensure that our programs and operations are truly serving our community. These volunteer opportunities for current and retired educators range from giving their expertise and feedback to AEMS about our programs and operations to serving on working groups that support AEMS’s activities like assisting with development, communications, our equity/anti-racist work, and more.

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