"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 12/3/2018
Arts education is a civil right. Every child in the state of Maryland is entitled to a well-rounded education, of which the arts are a crucial component. 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 past year, AEMS' programs have ranged from organizing professional development in arts integration for elementary educators in Frederick to joining the Coalition for the Blueprint for Maryland's Future.
Maryland is poised to make an historic investment in public education in the 2020 session of the General Assembly. If adopted, the “Kirwan” Commission’s recommendations will update the per pupil funding formula to better support early childhood education, schools with concentrated poverty, and the teaching profession. Students, teachers, families, advocates, and business leaders support this funding update and related policies.
Will you help us continue advocating for this once-in-a-generation chance to increase public investment in our kids?
AEMS has worked diligently over the last decade to ensure that state regulations require robust and sequential arts education. Now with the possibility of increased funding for public schools, AEMS will be better positioned to continue leading the effort to ensure that every child, in every grade, in every school has equitable access to high-quality arts education.
But we need your help to continue fighting for funding, developing resources, and empowering arts educators until ALL Maryland students have the well-rounded education that they DESERVE.
In 2020, AEMS will host meetings in all 24 of Maryland’s districts to hear from educators and community members about the state of arts education in their schools. We will launch the pilot of artlook® Maryland, a public online web-platform detailing the state of arts education in our schools, and continue to work with our many partners throughout the state to provide high-quality professional development for arts educators, arts integration educators, and teaching artists.
With your support, AEMS will continue to fiercely advocate for the arts, which 93% of Americans believe are vital to providing a well-rounded education.
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. Make your donation today- students across the state are counting on you! Maryland's teachers, artists, nearly 900,000 students, and the AEMS staff and board thank you for your generous partnership and support.