"Art is never just a thing we do for fun or an extracurricular. Art is life. It is science, technology, engineering, and math…it's time for every one of us to be vulnerable enough to discontinue depriving our students…the colorful education they deserve."-Sarah J.D., Baltimore City Public School alumna and art educator, testifying at the Baltimore City Council Youth and Education Committee Hearing on Arts Education
After powerful testimony from community members like Sarah, the Baltimore City Council adopted a resolution on December 3, 2018 to request that the Commission on Innovation and Excellence include arts education as part of the base educational funding formula in their final report to the General Assembly. This progress towards equitable arts education for all Maryland public school students is made possible by generous supporters like you.
For the past 26 years, AEMS has worked with educators, principals, parents, students, politicians, artists, and community members to ensure that every student in Maryland public schools has the opportunity to learn in and through dance, theatre, music, visual art, and media art. This year, AEMS Alliance's programs have ranged from organizing professional development in arts education and integration for early childhood educators and daycare providers on the eastern shore to convening Deans and Directors from institutions of higher education across Maryland to discuss topics including arts education accountability and teacher preparation.
Supporters like you also helped create and launch the Baltimore City Arts Education Strategic Plan, advocate to save the dance program at Queen Anne's County High School, and gather 160 arts educators and advocates at our annual Maryland Fine Arts Education Conference in June.
Our advocacy work continues as the Kirwan Commission develops its recommendation for a new base funding formula for students throughout Maryland. We will continue generating resources through the launch of artlook® Maryland this fall. This comprehensive arts education data platform will revolutionize the ecosystem of arts education in our public schools by providing publicly-accessible profiles of arts education opportunities in schools and cultural organizations. This tool will create a new level of accountability and facilitate improved communication among all stakeholders.
We hope you will join us in supporting students and educators like Sarah, who recognize that the arts are vital not only to students' education but to their lives, with a financial contribution. Students across the state are counting on you. Our teachers, artists, students, and staff join me in thanking you for your generous partnership and support.