Mary Dell’Erba

As senior project manager for the Arts Education Partnership, Mary oversees project work plans and supports the development of AEP deliverables. Prior to joining Education Commission of the States, she worked for the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance, where she served in a variety of capacities in programming, administration and policy. With over 20 years of dance training, Mary is passionate about the arts and education.
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A Look Behind the Scenes of the 2021 AEP Virtual Gathering
Mary Dell’Erba
26 July 2021

The Arts Education Partnership team is hard at work preparing for the second ever Virtual Gathering on September 14-15, 2021. Our team of 22+ AEP and ECS staff, advisory council members, federal partners from the National Endowment for the Arts and U.S. Department of Education, and four teams of external consultants have been working since […]

Advancing Governors’ 2021 Priorities Through the Arts
Mary Dell’Erba
22 April 2021

Each year, Education Commission of the States tracks and analyzes trends in education priorities from governors’ State of the State addresses. In 2021, the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic were a common refrain among governors. Of the 42 states included in this special report, at least 32 governors addressed issues related to funding, 21 addressed […]

Arts Education Policy Trends to Look for in 2021
Mary Dell’Erba
18 December 2020

The 2020 AEP Virtual Gathering may feel like it happened years ago, but it’s only been three months! At this year’s gathering we reflected on the past 25 years and looked ahead to the next 25. We also considered drivers of change in arts education policy and practice as we continue to navigate uncertainty and […]

Dance Counts: How Policymakers Can Support Access to Quality Arts Education
Mary Dell’Erba
04 December 2020

Schools across the country have made great strides to offer opportunities for dance education. Educators have pivoted from prioritizing dance as a purely physical activity to an art form that allows students to use movement to communicate, express themselves, build connections to community and improve academic outcomes. The Arts Education Partnership’s recent report “Dance Counts” […]

Engaging the Arts in 2020’s Top Education Policy Priorities
Mary Dell’Erba
19 February 2020

Last month, Education Commission of the States President Jeremy Anderson shared six trending education policy topics we will likely see in 2020. Arts education stakeholders and advocates may not be surprised to see that the arts were not listed among the top education issues — but don’t worry! The arts interact with these topics in […]