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ADVOCACY LETTERS & TESTIMONY 

Browse AEMS's advocacy letters and testimony, submitted on behalf of AEMS and Maryland's arts education community to work towards equitable arts education access for all of Maryland's public school students.

In October 2023, AEMS sent a letter to the Interim Superintendent of Schools to welcome Dr. Carey Wright in her new role and to provide additional insight to the priorities shared amongst Maryland's arts educators, professional arts education organizations, and community.

LETTERS TO THE STATE

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MARCH 1, 2023

Since December 2021, the MSDE position supervising the content area of Fine Arts
has been vacant. Both AEMS and Maryland’s four statewide arts education
professional associations (MAEA, MDEA, MMEA, MTEA) have written to your office
requesting action on this matter, as it has significant consequences for Maryland’s arts educators and the quality of instruction Maryland’s public school students receive,

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JUNE 6, 2023

On March 1, 2023, AEMS submitted a letter to you, in collaboration with
Maryland’s arts education professional associations, requesting information and
action on a number of key areas affecting arts education in Maryland. While we
were unable to meet with you personally to discuss these matters, we did receive
an audience with several Deputy Superintendents to discuss the issues
enumerated in our letter.

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MARCH 11, 2024

March is a time replete with county-wide and statewide competitions, spring musical performances, and art exhibitions. It was also in March of last year that AEMS and the leadership of the
Maryland Dance Education Association, Maryland Music Educators Association,
Maryland Art Education Association, and the Maryland Theatre Education Association wrote a letter to the previous Superintendent regarding key issues affecting arts educators in the state of Maryland and requesting action on these key issues. We are happy to provide a summary of these key issues and to report that each of them has been meaningfully addressed in the past 12 months!

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LETTERS TO
LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCIES

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BLUEPRINT FOR MARYLAND'S FUTURE

Throughout the implementation process of the Blueprint for Maryland's Future legislation at both the state and local levels, AEMS has pushed to ensure that the arts are not left out. Education without the arts is not a world-class education!

MARCH 13, 2024

SUBJECT: Worcester County Meeting & Blueprint Funding

To Rachel Hise, Chair Leggett and the Accountability and Implementation Board:                

AEMS is aware of, and is deeply concerned by, much of the reporting surrounding the comments made by Ms. Hise and Chair Leggett during a virtual meeting with officials of Worcester County regarding Blueprint funding and its uses for the school system. The comments from these AIB members, as they have been reported on, about areas that should or should not be prioritized in school funding have been made to appear to be in contradiction with both the Blueprint’s Comprehensive Implementation Plan and the Code of Maryland Annotated Regulations (COMAR) for Fine Arts...

Public Hearing on the Draft Blueprint Comprehensive Implementation Plan

November 10, 2022

AEMS galvanized a group of arts education advocates from around Maryland to share their testimonies during this public hearing with the Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board to ensure that the implementation plan included  specific language for arts inclusive College and Career Readiness Training.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY

Watch and subscribe @artsedmaryland on YouTube to view public testimonies from students, arts educators, and more.

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

Stakeholder Engagement Presentation

On April 30, 2024, AEMS' Executive Director, Rachel McGrain, and Director of Operations, Peter Dayton, gave a presentation to the State Board of Education highlighting recent arts education advocacy efforts, educator concerns, and the launch of the Maryland Arts Education Data Project. Watch here.

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