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Conference Lecture

Professional Development

Opportunities available to Maryland arts educators for development and continuing education.

AEMS is excited to facilitate the Arts Education Advocacy Track  at the Maryland Arts Summet with learning sessions facilitated by arts education leaders and advocates from around the state.

This deep dive will explore what Maryland’s state and local education power structures look like: the various roles and powers of Maryland’s local education agencies and communities and whom to advocate to in order to increase arts education access in your community. The discussion will be led by current decision-makers and individuals in positions of power or leadership within Maryland’s education structures.

This session will share the expertise of education advocates who are involved in leveraging the voices of parents in their advocacy for positive change for Maryland’s public school system. The panel of speakers will feature leadership from state-level and various county-level parent advocacy organizations. Participants will learn from the experience of successful parent organization leadership about key tactics and strategies in mobilizing parents in their own communities. 

This deep dive will cover the promise and entitlements of the Federal and State laws for public school arts education access. National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) co-presenters Sidney Clarke and Jen Retterer will discuss national and state funding sources for arts education and provide up to date information on arts education issues faced at the school-, local-, and state-level. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the ways in which federal and state education funds support the arts and learn about up-to-date policy priorities that affect music education.

The overview session will provide a broad look at Maryland arts education advocacy. The session will educate attendees on 1) what Maryland public school students should have access to under the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR); 2) what Maryland public school students currently have access to, based upon data from the Maryland Arts Education Data Project; 3) the impacts of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future legislation on arts education; and 4) ways that their voices as constituents can be mobilized to help increase arts education access in their education communities. Participants will understand that there is a key role that they, as part of a community’s broader constituency, have to play in ensuring Maryland’s creative future.

This session will provide a walk-through of the Maryland Arts Education Data dashboards, developed by Quadrant Research and brought to Maryland through collaboration with AEMS and the Maryland State Department of Education. Released to the public in April 2024, the data dashboards display state education about public school arts enrollment, access, staffing, demographics, and course offerings on the state, county, and individual school levels. The presentation will walk through how to navigate the dashboards, what AEMS is doing with this data, and how advocates can use this data in their advocacy. Participants will learn about ways this data can be leveraged to make change in their education communities.

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Join AEMS Executive Director Rachel McGrain to share your arts education successes, strategize around arts education issues in your community, and debrief from AEMS-hosted sessions throughout the summit.

Join Maryland Center for Creative Classrooms (MC3) for a FREE hybrid summer learning opportunity! Participants are led by master artists to explore the Maryland Creative Process Map and the Maryland State Fine Arts Standards in dance, music, theatre, or visual art. Click to register.


190 W. Ostend St.

Baltimore, MD







EIN: 52-2056349

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