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 is 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.


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.

Stay tuned for future community meetings/townhall dates.


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

AEMS Ambassadors will be responsible for promoting arts advocacy initiatives through digital media campaigns and providing feedback on content developed for AEMS advocacy education programming.

Ambassadors must be at least 18 years old with access to a computer and mobile devices with reliable Internet connection. All Ambassadors will be required to attend a virtual orientation and complete a social media skills assessment.

Arts Ed-visors

Arts Ed-visors will be responsible for providing AEMS with expertise and feedback on AEMS programming and operations that serve the arts community. Opportunities will also be available for ed-visors to participate in working groups (board members, arts organization coalitions, etc.) to address arts education related development needs, equity/anti-racism, communications. Meetings may be virtual or in person.

Volunteers must be a current, recent, or retired arts educators or teaching artists with at least 1-year of classroom experience.

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