Governor O’Malley’s P20 Leadership Council and Arts Education in our Public Schools

Executive Director’s Letter
December 17, 2013

Due to the snow, last week’s open meeting of the Baltimore City Public Schools’ Board of School Commissioners was postponed.  Arts Every Day is working on follow up and we will be sure to keep you posted on the process for hiring the school’s new CEO. In the meantime, arts education advocates still have an opportunity to make their voices heard. Governor O’Malley’s P20 Leadership Council has established a statewide task force on arts education in Maryland schools. The task force is charged with making recommendations on policy, regulations, curriculum, instruction, professional development, and resources regarding students’ PreK-12 education in dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts.
The task force, which emphasizes the critical need for broad community involvement, is seeking public input to help inform their deliberations and recommendations. To that end, seven forums held around the state in January will offer opportunities for in-person commentary from the public. You are encouraged to attend the local meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 5:00-7:00pm at Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Baltimore County. Also, please be sure to fill out the AEMS P20 Task Force Questionnaire here.
Around the country, advocates are researching methodologies to collect and use data that demonstrates the impact of the arts and culture sector.  One good, if not complete, tool is the Cultural Data Project (CDP).  The Maryland State Arts Council has done a great job using the CDP data to create an impressive publication.  What they have found is that the “nonprofit arts sector has a $1.7 billion impact on the state’s economy and supports 12,700 full-time equivalent jobs…” This report gives a snapshot of the many contributions arts and culture make in salaries, tax revenue, and visitor spending.  Maryland Citizens for the Arts, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and others are also involved in national discussions about how to get at information that also reflects the economic impact of for-profit arts organizations and the activities of individual visual, performing and literary artists not currently included here.
Excitement is building for the Rubys grants.  Information sessions will be held at noon on Tuesday, January 7 at  Arena Players and in the evening on January 8 at Center Stage
All the best,

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