#WeAllDeserveArts: Arts In Our Schools Month Recap

March 26, 2021

Week 1: Arts Education is a Civil Right

Live Panel Discussion

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
#WeAllDeserveArts

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!


Prepare to Take Action

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. 

Take Action!

Take action with AEMS during Arts in Our Schools Month by participating in a weekly advocacy activity every Thursday! This week’s activity was to make an artistic representation or sign based on the theme: Arts Education is a Civil Right.

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


Week 2: Arts Education is Transformative

Live Panel Discussion

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
#WeAllDeserveArts

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!


Prepare to Take Action

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. 

Take Action!

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 social media 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?


Week 3: How Decisions Are Made

Live Panel Discussion

Moderators:

  • Nicholas Cohen, Executive Director, Maryland Citizens for the Arts
  • Rachel McGrain, Development Director, Arts Education in Maryland Schools

Panelists:

  • State Delegate Brooke Lierman, District 46
  • Anita Lambert, Coordinating Supervisor, Creative Arts Programs, PGCPS
  • Principal Lois Stokes, Randallstown Elementary
#WeAllDeserveArts

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 on Friday, March 19!


Take Action!
  • 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
  • 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 social media post and use #ArtsinMDSchools #WeAllDeserveArts

Week 4: How to Influence Change

Live Panel Discussion
https://youtu.be/EogKN4Kc22Q

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
#WeAllDeserveArts

Read other entries in AEMS’s #WeAllDeserveArts series. Stakeholders from every part of the arts ecosystem have contributed their experiences and ideas about why #WeAllDeserveArts


Prepare to Take Action

Ready to take action? Ready to advocate for arts education in Maryland schools? Explore AEMS’s advocacy offerings to contact your representatives, complete an incident report, and join the community of advocates!

Take Action!

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!

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

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