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Starting in the fall of 2020, AEMS transformed its annual arts educator conference into a Symposium on Anti-Racism in Arts Education. Responding to the events of racial violence in 2020 and the larger social outcry around racial inequities in all facets of American society, the Symposium is part of a larger series of initiatives on AEMS's part to address the need for greater training around culturally responsive teaching, race-equitable pedagogy, and diversification of the arts curriculum. 

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On November 13, 2021 AEMS hosted a a day of exciting, insightful, and compelling experiences to deepen Maryland arts educators' understanding of anti-racism and abolitionist teaching in arts education, produced in partnership with Baltimore Corps.

The virtual symposium included keynote speaker Gloria Ladson Billings, breakout sessions focusing on racial equity facilitation, small group affinity spaces, and arts education centered workshops to address national trends that may affect the classroom.

We encourage everyone to continue deepening their understanding of anti-racist and abolitionist teaching in arts education.


View Nikole Hannah-Jones’ presentation of The 1619 Project: Confronting Hard Truths during the 2022 Baltimore City Lit Festival here.


Baltimore Corps Race-Equity

  • Maryam Abdul-Kareem

  • Dr. David Olawuyi Fakunle, Ph.D.

Healing/Learning Space

  • Rebecca KellyG

  • Amy Smith

Community Arts

  • Miko Lee

  • Jennifer Ridgway

  • Khaleshia Thorpe-Price


  • danna bellah

  • Susan McGreevy-Nichols

  • Sonia Synkowski


  • J. J. Norman​


  • Steven Barker

  • Sherri Fisher 

  • Ray Yang

Visual Arts

  • Julie Ann Hawk

  • Alexis Truitt


190 W. Ostend St.

Baltimore, MD







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