At AEMS, we advocate for arts education for all of Maryland’s public school students. This requires advocating at the level of state policy as well as working with local networks of arts education advocates to make sure you have arts education in your local communities. The more you know about the rights of Maryland students, the questions to ask, and some helpful facts and figures to make the case, the more we can work together to effectively create change for the students in your community!
Educators: expand arts opportunities & experiences
The arts are required by law and should be funded by your school! Sometimes, however, working with teaching artists can be a practical way to deliver arts experiences to your students while the slower wheels of administration and school board decisions are turning. Here are some excellent resources to find teaching artists who can collaborate with your schools!
If you live in a local school system participating in artlookⓇ Maryland (currently: Baltimore City, Queen Anne’s County, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County), check out the Arts Partners to find organizations and teaching artists who can work with your schools!
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Maryland State Arts Council AiE Artist in Residence Roster
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC)’s Arts in Education (AiE) Program is designed to promote, strengthen, and enhance the arts and arts education in Maryland’s schools and other community settings. Explore the MSAC Arts in Education Artist in Residence Roster here!
Young Audiences of Maryland Teaching Artists
Young Audiences of Maryland transforms the lives and education of our youth through the arts by connecting educators, professional artists, and communities. Look through their directory of YAMD Artists to find a teaching artist for your school!
Artivate Inc’s programs offer arts-based learning that motivates and invites participation through performances, workshops and residencies representing a wide range of artistic disciples and cultural traditions. They bring access to the Arts to underserved communities throughout Maryland, DC and northern Virginia. Browse the Artist Program Catalog here!
Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center
Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center (LTYC) supports youths, ages 5-18, in the state of Maryland and DC with arts programs that empower them to excel in the arts, academics, and social development. By providing opportunities and resources that otherwise would not be available, LTYC programs build higher self-esteem and self-worth in young people who are yearning for success. Explore their programs here!