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Week 4: How to Influence Change

It’s the LAST full week of Arts in Our Schools Month! This week’s theme is “How to Influence Change.”

Monday – Listen: Get started by listening and reflecting on the value of theatre by watching a panel discussion from Arts in Education Week in September. Quanice Floyd of AEMS and Alysia Lee of MSDE Fine Arts Office talked with three incredible theatre educators about the unique and long-lasting benefits of theatre education.


Tuesday – Learn: Watch our FINAL Arts in Our Schools Month Facebook Live panel discussion! The expert panel discussed how to take action and influence change. 

Moderators: 

  • Brayden Hamilton, 10th Grader at Baltimore School for the Arts, Bmore Youth Arts Advocacy Council
  • Quanice Floyd, Executive Director, Arts Education in Maryland Schools

Panelists:

  • J’aime Drayton, Parent & Community Advisory Board, Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Leah Mann, 9th grader at Baltimore City College, Wide Angle Youth Media student
  • Vernon Fains, Visual Art Educator, Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Michael Bell, Fine Arts Supervisor, Queen Anne’s County Public Schools
  • Julia Di Bussolo, Executive Director, Arts Every Day

Wednesday – Prepare: Ready to advocate for arts education in Maryland schools? Explore the offerings below to contact your representatives, complete an incident report, and join the community of advocates!

Thursday – Act: Take action for arts education with AEMS! The final advocacy activity for Arts in Our Schools Month has three parts: 

  • Sign the “Arts ARE Education” pledge here!
  • Email your state legislators to remind them of the importance of fully funding public education, including the arts using this link!
  • Download the “Dear School Board Letter” and send it to your local board of education representatives to encourage them to pass the Arts ARE Education Resolution!

Friday – Reflect: What a month this has been! With so many opportunities to engage with dedicated and passionate arts educators and advocates, we hope you have learned something new about advocating for arts education in your community. Go to the AEMS #WeAllDeserveArts blog on Friday, March 26 to see a summary of the powerful offerings from this month! The arts enrich our lives every day, not just during March, so we hope you will keep coming back to these challenges and conversations.


Week 3: How Decisions Are Made

Monday – Listen: Get started TODAY by listening and reflecting on the value of visual arts by watching our panel discussion from Arts in Education Week in September. AEMS and @msdefinearts talked with three incredible art educators about their experiences and perspectives


Tuesday – Learn: Watch our third weekly Arts in Our Schools Month Facebook Live panel discussion about how decisions are made at the state and local levels.

Moderators: 

  • Nicholas Cohen, Executive Director, Maryland Citizens for the Arts
  • Quanice Floyd, Executive Director, Arts Education in Maryland Schools

Panelists:

  • State Senator Cory McCray, District 45 
  • State Delegate Brooke Lierman, District 46
  • Anita Lambert, Coordinating Supervisor, Creative Arts Programs, PGCPS
  • Principal Lois Stokes, Randallstown Elementary

Wednesday – Prepare: Feeling inspired to take action and advocate for arts education in your community? Not sure where to start? Take the journey through one of the AEMS advocacy pathways to get started! You can also explore the arts education offerings in your community on artlook® Maryland


Thursday – Act: Take action for arts education with AEMS! This week’s advocacy activity has three parts.

  • Find the names and emails of decision-makers in your district: state legislators, members of your state and local boards of education, district superintendent or CEOs, school principals. Save their information so you’re ready to contact them. Bonus points: follow their social media accounts so you’re ready to tag them in posts!
  • Read the “Arts ARE Education” advocacy toolkit here!
  • Pick a talking point from the “Arts ARE Education” toolkit that is particularly important to you. Write a post or record a video sharing why that point is so important. Bonus points if you include a personal anecdote!

Tag @artsedmaryland in your post and use #ArtsinMDSchools #WeAllDeserveArts


Friday – Reflect: For Arts In Our Schools Month, Ingenuity Inc. Founder and Executive Director Paul Snewajs recounts the history of Ingenuity Inc.’s work to include the arts in the success indicators for the Illinois ESSA State Plan, setting a template for how states across the nation can prioritize the arts in their schools by including them in their ESSA success indicators. Read his #WeAllDeserveArts entry using the button below!


Week 2: Arts Education is Transformative

Monday – Listen: Get started by listening and reflecting on the value of music education 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 music teachers and you can catch their whole discussion right here!


Tuesday – Learn: Watch our second weekly Arts in Our Schools Month Facebook Live panel discussion! The expert panel discussed the topic: Arts Education is Transformative.

Moderators:

  • Krystal Williams, Music Educator, Baltimore City Public Schools; Music Technology Chair, MMEA
  • Christen Cromwell, Theatre and English Educator, Baltimore County Public Schools; AEMS Trustee

Panelists:

  • Christopher Whitehead, MAEA President
  • Sandra Atkinson, MDEA Executive Board Member
  • Brian Schneckenburger, MMEA President
  • Steven Barker, MTEA Treasurer

Wednesday – Prepare: WHY is arts education so important? Hear from educators, students, advocates, and more about the transformative nature of the arts in the “About Arts Ed Advocacy” section. 


Thursday – Act: Take action for arts education with AEMS! This week’s advocacy activity is: share why arts education is important to YOU. Whether it’s art, dance, media arts, music, or theatre, we want to hear your story! Write a post, share a picture, record a video, or make a piece of art to share your experience.

Tag @artsedmaryland in your post and use #ArtsinMDSchools #WeAllDeserveArts

Fill out an incident report form

Are you concerned that students in your school or district do not have equitable access to arts education?


Friday – Reflect: International Arts + Mind Lab Founder Susan Magsamen presents compelling research in her blog entry during #ArtsInMDSchools Month about why #WeAllDeserveArts and the challenges educators and students face in getting the support they need. Read her #WeAllDeserveArts entry!


Week 1: Arts Education is a Civil Right!

Monday – Listen: Get started TODAY 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: Watch our first weekly Arts in Our Schools Month Facebook Live panel discussion! Week 1’s expert panel discussed the topic: Arts Education is a Civil Right. Watch the video here!

Moderators:

  • Jannah Muhammad, a senior at Western High School
  • Quanice Floyd, Executive Director, Arts Education in Maryland Schools

Panelists:

  • 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!

National Actions

Statewide Actions

Local Actions

  • 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.
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Plan to Take Action

Incident Report

Are you concerned that students in your school or district do not have equitable access to arts education?

Sound Check!

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:

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Baltimore, MD 21230

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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)

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.

Maryland State Educator Association (MSEA)

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.

Maryland PTA

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.

Council of Educational, Administrative, and Supervisory Organizations of Maryland (CEASOM)

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.

Maryland Art Education Association (MAEA)

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.

Maryland Dance Education Association (MAEA)

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 Education Association (MMEA)

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.

Maryland Theatre Education Association (MTEA)

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)

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


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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”)

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