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Arts & Education program launched

A comprehensive state plan for arts education is developed by MD State Department of Education, Maryland Alliance for Arts Education, and MSAC. The goals of the plan are to:

  • Strengthen discipline-based arts instruction through the development of sequential curricula and staffing by qualified teacher-specialists;
  • Relate learning in all subjects by integrating the arts across the curriculum;
  • Effectively use quality arts resources available outside of school systems to promote, strengthen, and enhance school-based programs.

This program becomes the basis for later initiatives promoting arts education in the state, Arts Education in Maryland Schools in 1992 and also Artists in Education.


MSAC administers Artists in Education program

The founding of the National Endowment of the Arts in 1965 included funding for artists in schools, which continues. By the late 1980s MSAC has become responsible for administering the Maryland Artists in Education program, a statewide roster of arts professionals who wish to work in an educational setting, and evaluates their qualifications. Artists in Education (AiE) initially starts out as a poets-in-the-schools program and later adds visual artists, performing artists, and finally, playwrights to its roster. AiE accepts applications from artists, enforces insurance and training requirements, and conducts a two-phase review process that evaluates actual performance in a real situation in addition to the materials artists have submitted for review. 


Maryland Citizens for the Arts Foundation established

Maryland Citizens for the Arts Foundation is established as a companion organization to MCA. The Foundation works in concert with MCA to provide a strong educational foundation for all advocacy activities, and foster an ongoing, statewide dialogue about the value of the arts. In 1991, MCAF implements the first statewide recognition program to honor the leading arts patrons, educators and artists in the state: the Governor's Arts Awards at ArtSalute.In 2010, MCA and MCA Foundation are combined into one 501(c)(3) organization whose united mission of advocacy and education continues to instruct and inform the citizens, elected officials, and arts community of Maryland. 

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