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Arts in Education

The Arts in Education (AiE) Program promotes, strengthens, and enhances the arts and arts education in Maryland’s schools and communities.

To accomplish its mission, the AiE Program identifies and provides access to educational arts resources available outside the school system; offers financial and technical support for arts education programs in schools and community settings for the benefit of youth, adults, teachers, and communities; assists in the professional development of Teaching Artists; and stimulates support for integrating the arts as a vital and effective element in the curriculum.

In the fall of 2019 and winter 2020, MSAC convened over 60 public constituents to serve as editors to re-envision the Arts in Education Program. Editors ranged from independent teaching artists and representatives from arts organizations and programs, the Maryland Department of Education’s Fine Arts Office, and the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance.

Subsequent years' programs reflect the policy and procedure updates from this editing process. The Arts in Education program embraces continued feedback from constituents going forward

The words of great poets literally come to life in POL, the literary arts program created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Through MSAC support, students across Maryland are enriched by this national arts education program, which encourages the mastery of great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Click here for more information


Arts in Education grants provide funds to Teaching Artists on the MSAC Teaching Artist Roster to support educational engagements at Maryland-based nonprofit organizations, schools, and other government entities. Read more.
The Teaching Artist Roster recognizes supports Maryland teaching artists and the elevation of their careers by recognizing that they are integral to the arts education ecosystem, providing supplementary arts education experiences that deepen learning. Read more.