National Arts in Our Schools Month Activities
It’s officially Arts in Our Schools Month! AEMS is committed to ensuring that all students in the state of Maryland have access to high quality arts education by mobilizing power to communities, and this March we invite YOU to join them! Stay tuned to learn about arts education and get ready to take action.
Each week will be centered around a different theme, so be sure to check back for each of the Listen, Learn, Prepare, Act, and Reflect activities for the next 4 weeks!
Week 1: Arts Education is a Civil Right!
Monday – Listen: Get started by listening and reflecting on the value of dance by watching this discussion from Arts in Education Week in September. AEMS and Alysia Lee from the MSDE Fine Arts Office talked with three incredible dance educators about their journeys. Watch the recording right here!
Tuesday – Learn: On Tuesday, March 2 at 4:30pm, AEMS held our first weekly Arts in Our Schools Month Facebook Live panel discussion! The expert panel discussed the topic: Arts Education is a Civil Right. Watch below!
- Jannah Muahmmad, a senior at Western High School
- Quanice Floyd, Executive Director, Arts Education in Maryland Schools
- Frank Patinella, Senior Education Advocate at the ACLU
- Shamoyia Gardiner, M.Ed, Deputy Director, Strong Schools Maryland
- Rick Tyler, Chair, Maryland Education Coalition
Wednesday – Prepare: Did you know that Maryland law requires students to have access to arts education in all 5 arts disciplines? Stay informed using the AEMS resource library! Our downloadable tools will help equip you to take action advocating for arts education in your community.
Thursday – Act: Take action with AEMS during Arts in Our Schools Month by participating in a weekly advocacy activity every Thursday! This week’s activity is to make an artistic representation or sign based on the theme: Arts Education is a Civil Right.
Tag @artsedmaryland in your post and use #ArtsinMDSchools #WeAllDeserveArts
Friday – Reflect: For Arts In Our Schools Month, arts education champions Mary Ann Mears & Jack Smith wrote about the history that has led to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. They urge clarifications to the bill to ensure the arts are recognized. Read their #WeAllDeserveArts entry, posted on Friday, March 5, 2021!
- Contact your lawmakers to urge support for the arts in COVID-19 relief legislation.
- Contact your lawmakers to urge support for education in COVID-19 relief legislation.
- Keep up to date about next steps to take in advocating for the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future by visiting the Blueprint Coalition’s website.
- Baltimore: Write to comcast and donate a device to help bridge the digital divide. Learn more!
- Use Arts Every Day’s Education Funding Call to Action to learn about ways to engage with arts education funding advocacy, for the state and for Baltimore City’s public schools.
Plan to Take Action
Are you concerned that students in your school or district do not have equitable access to arts education?
Not sure if there’s an issue? Do a self assessment of the arts at your school!
Learn more about the importance of arts education! Visit our About Arts Ed Advocacy Page for facts, figures, policies, and anecdotes about the power of arts education.
Take Action with AEMS
Do you believe that children at your school or in your district may be at risk of receiving an inequitable education with inequitable access to high-quality arts education? Let us know so we can help you determine a plan of action!
Join Our Councils
To help improve access to high-quality arts education throughout the state, join our Educator Council, become an AEMS Ambassador, or join our Business Council (coming soon).
Let Us Know
Tell us how we’re doing! AEMS deeply values everyone in our arts education community. We want to learn with you, hear from you, and support you in your advocacy journey. Is there an AEMS tool that is particularly useful for you? A resource you wish we provided? Let us know!
(Use the subject line “Community Feedback”)
Donate to AEMS
All of our programming, resources, and advocacy initiatives are made possible by our generous donors. Help ensure that the nearly 900,000 public school students in Maryland have access to high-quality education by making a contribution to support our work today! Every donation, large or small, makes a difference
Or mail a check to our office at:
190 W. Ostend Street, Suite 210
Baltimore, MD 21230
Learn more about how to make a birthday Facebook fundraiser for AEMS here!
Join the Community of Advocates
AEMS works collaboratively with a number of statewide organizations dedicated to improving educational equity and supporting the arts sector. Visit their websites to learn more about their work!
Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) is a statewide arts advocacy and education organization. Founded over 40 years ago to provide “One Voice for all the Arts in Maryland,” MCA works to highlight the role the arts play in the economic vitality of the state and the increased quality of life they provide for all Marylanders.
The Maryland State Educator Association (MSEA) is comprised of teachers, education support professionals, administrators, certificated specialists, higher education faculty, and student and retired members whose mission is to create great public schools for every child in Maryland. MSEA works to empower members to make a positive difference in their professional lives in order to elevate the quality of public education for all students.
The Maryland PTA serves nearly 200,000 members, whose sole purpose is the education and welfare of all children at home and in the schools and communities nationwide.
The Council of Educational, Administrative and Supervisory Organizations of Maryland (CEASOM) is comprised of nineteen organizations focusing on the areas of educational administration and supervision, professional development, and best practices for successful schools.
The purpose of the Maryland Art Education Association (MAEA) is to encourage, to strengthen, and to promote the role of the visual arts in education by: promoting quality instruction in visual arts education conducted by certificated art teachers; encouraging study of art teaching; improving the conditions of art teaching; and encouraging and conducting research in art education. To these ends the Association holds public discussions; sponsors institutes, conferences and programs; publishes articles, reports, and surveys; and works with other related organizations to provide advocacy for arts education throughout Maryland.
The mission of the Maryland Dance Education Association is to serve dance educators and elevate dance in the State of Maryland as a creative process, discipline, and performing art that informs the human experience in a variety of environments including, but not limited to, dance studios, K-12 schools, colleges, universities, recreational and community centers.
Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) is the professional association for the school music teachers of Maryland and is a registered 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization. MMEA’s mission is to provide professional development for music teachers, opportunities for over 26,000 people to engage in state-wide music activities and events involving students, teachers, and volunteers, plus to serve as an advocate for and to advance music education in Maryland schools.
The Maryland Theatre Education Association (MTEA) mission is to connect, support, and empower theatre educators through fellowship, professional development, and advocacy.
Our commitment is to serve theatre educators and teaching artists in the state of Maryland through professional development and advocacy. Their professional development approach focuses on the theatre educator’s skills as an artist. They are a teacher focused organization who believes that serving the theatre teacher as an artist empowers them to be a great teacher. Currently, their advocacy is focused on providing an accessible network that theatre educators can work with within their regions. In addition, they are working hard to eventually provide grant and scholarship opportunities for theatre educators as well.
Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic (TAMA) is an organization by, for, and about teaching artists. It is a network that advocates for, supports and empowers Teaching Artists in the Mid-Atlantic region
Spread the Word!
Share our message that arts education is a civil right and all students deserve access to high-quality arts education!
- Follow us on Social Media (@artsedMaryland) and invite your friends!
- Do you have an event to promote or a resource to share with the arts education community? Email us!
(Use the subject line “Community Promotion”)