EDI-Professional Development

MAAE hosts a quarterly roundtable discussion called IDEA network to address issues of inclusion, diversity and equity in the arts.  Learn more about this program here.

Join in conversations on “Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors”, “Representation Matters”,  and “Avoiding Cultural Appropriation” among others. 

MAAE's ally - MAEA and their ED&I Committee hosts a monthly discussion on topics of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion related to curriculum and classroom culture in the art classroom known as JEDI BRUNCH which meets on the first Saturday of the Month at 11am. 

Other professional learning opportunities which may be of interest are listed below.

Maria A. Ellis, chair
MAAE RIDE Committee

R.I.D.E. - Equity & Diversity Work

A Blueprint for Equity and Diversity in the arts classroom - with Maria A. Ellis - Link to Youtube Archive of the 8.3.21 session

Nov. 11, 2021 Lender Center Conversation, focusing on the “Creative Activity as a Human Right” theme that was first advanced in a special issue of Art Education Journal that Rolling published in July 2017, when he was the journal’s senior editor.

“What would it mean for artists, art and design educators, and arts institutions to reconceptualize creative activity as a universal and inalienable human right?” Rolling says. “How might it change our conception of the visual arts and design in practice and in education?”

  • Tickets will be FREE for Maryland arts educators and teaching artists
  • Tickets will be $10 for Maryland non-arts educators
  • Tickets will be $25 for all other attendees


Held in November 2021, the 2nd Annual Event was a success. Info below refers to that event. Check out their website to learn about plans for the coming year.

Join Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) for a day of exciting, insightful, and compelling experiences to deepen your understanding of anti-racism and abolitionist teaching in arts education, produced in partnership with Baltimore Corps. In addition to keynote speaker, Gloria Ladson Billings, the symposium will include breakouts on racial equity facilitation, small group affinity spaces, and arts education content breakouts that address national trends that may affect your classroom. Click here to register now!
Event November 13, 2021 - Schedule:·     10:30 a.m.: Welcome from AEMS·     11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: Keynote Presentation·     11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.: BREAK·     1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.: Racial Equity Facilitation Breakouts, produced in partnership with Baltimore Corps·     2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Small Group Breakouts·     3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Anti-Racism Arts Education Content Breakouts