2015-2017 Accomplishments Archive

Accomplishments 2018

Maryland Centers for Creative Classrooms (MC3) Professional Development

Summer Centers

Anne Arundel: presented in partnership with Anne Arundel Public Schools, 100 classroom teachers enrolled in the Arts Integration Studio led by MC3 Facilitators

Baltimore City: presented in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools and Arts Every Day, 211 classroom teachers enrolled in the Arts Integration Studio led by MC3 Facilitators

Baltimore County: presented in partnership with Baltimore County Public Schools, 12 visual arts teachers enrolled in the Arts Education Leadership Studio led by MC3 Facilitators

One Day Sessions

Kent County: presented in partnership with Kent County Public Schools and Kent County Arts Council, all district Fine Arts educators enrolled for Global Dispositions in the Arts Classroom led by Alysia Lee

Frederick County: presented in partnership with Frederick County Public Schools, 45 Fine Arts educators enrolled for Differentiating for the Creative Classrooms: Engaging Young Learners through Drama, Collaborative Art Making, Building Connection; a culturally competent approach led by MC3 Facilitators

Conference Presentations

  • 2018 Chorus America National Conference, Chicago, IL

In-School Partnership Programs: Different Models for Success

Presentation Team: Alysia Lee with Julie Haydon(California), Paola Marquez(Michigan), Pamela Shortall(Illinois), and Lauren Southard (Indiana)

As school systems figure out how to build equity and excellence in every school, community partnerships are more in demand. Meet five leaders of independent choruses from across the U.S. that have established in-school choir programs. Each armed with a model designed for the specific needs and resources of their community, they are delivering best practices and first steps for leaders interested in being an educational resource in their local communities.

  • Maryland Connections Summit 2018, Towson, MD

Better Data: A Catalyst for Advocacy, Policy, and Improvement

Presentation Team: Alysia Lee with Susan Spinnato, MSDE and Lori Snyder, AEMS

This session will provide an overview of new data resources that are available to provide information about arts education. Panel members will share multiple new data resources at the state, system, and school levels that will inform state policymakers, school system officials, advocates, and parents on the state of arts education in their communities. Throughout the discussion, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, explore the data resources, and brainstorm communication strategies around data findings.


Spring 2018 Briefing
Agenda included Formative Assessment Writing Team Update, MC3 Feedback, and updates from AEMS, Maryland State Arts Council; Download PPT here

Student Exhibitions

Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival

The Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Fine Arts in partnership with the Office of First Lady Yumi Hogan, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance, Mount Vernon Place Conservancy and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts hosted the inaugural Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival. The festival was hosted  in fine art venues throughout Baltimore City’s historic Mount Vernon district and featured performances from 350 students and small ensembles from 14 of Maryland’s school districts. Art from across the board will be represented, with performances ranging from musical theatre, to dance, to visual and media art.

Venue partners include Center Stage, Walters Art Museum, Peabody Conservatory, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, and Saint Ignatius Church. For a schedule and complete list of venue locations, please visit  

Media Links:

Festival Photo Montage

Closing Ceremony

CBS Local Interview at Walters Art Museum, 4/20/18

FOX Baltimore Interview, 4/15/18


Treasury Building

    • Up to 72 pieces of student artwork displayed biannually.

First Lady’s Gallery and Award Ceremony

    • Each First Lady exhibition features 48 pieces – 2 submissions from each county

Maryland State Arts Council – Art on the Fly

    • 20 pieces of student artwork, rotated biannually.

District Visits

Formal visits were conducted for 18  Maryland districts. District visits can include:

    • Teaching observations
    • Teacher meetings
    • Student meetings
    • School-based administrator meetings
    • Central office administrator meetings
    • District-level Professional Development  

Follow #AlysiaVisits to see images, video and highlights from Coordinator of Fine Arts, Alysia Lee’s visits to local school systems.