Governor O'Malley's P-20 Leadership Council Approves Task Force Report on Arts Education
September 22, 2014Arts Across Maryland
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's Leadership Council voted unanimously to accept recommendations from his P-20 Leadership Council Task Force on Arts in Education, Arts Education for Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS) announced. The eleven recommendations put forth by the task force are based on principles of equity and quality, as applied to arts education in Maryland. The Governor, who has been recognized locally and nationally as a leader in the arts, has expressed his strong support of access to the arts for our young people as part of their PK-12 education, stating "The arts give our children the skills and diverse knowledge they need to become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow."
Recommendations from the Task Force focus on policy, curriculum and instruction, resource allocation, and professional development. Mary Ann Mears, co-chair of the Task Force and AEMS founder said in her remarks to the council, "the arts connect our whole being because they speak to our emotions, our reasoning, and our creativity." Her co chair, Dr. Jack Smith, Chief Academic Officer at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), emphasized students need for a complete and well-rounded education. All council members expressed their support for strengthening Maryland's commitment to arts education by voting yes; for all recommendations of the Task Force with no abstentions. Download the Task Force on Arts Education in Maryland School's final report to the Governor's P-20 Leadership Council.