June/July 2024

Vol 35

MAAE News Updates

June/July 2024

May was a time a fevered activity as we wind down both the academic and fiscal year, as we also build momentum for the coming one! With a refreshed strategic plan and organizational structure, MAAE is working toward a bright future.

As you read on you'll learn a little more about what's coming up next year, and how you can be a part of it. Becoming an MAAE ally is free, and has tremendous value as you join us in working to strengthen arts education in Missouri.

Please consider answering our call-to-action and urge Governor Parson to approve elements of the budget including $10.1M funding for the Missouri Arts Council and the $850K which help make Missouri Fine Arts Academy and Scholars Academy available at no cost to the student participants.

Mark your calendar and plan to participate in our  initiatives which promote arts education like Fine Arts Education Day (4.9.25), the Show-Me Arts Summit (4.8.25) the Senate Exhibit, and MAAE Awards and contests. With your participation, these initiatives help policy makers understand the power and value of a well-rounded education which includes the arts.  Both in-person and remote involvement is possible.

MAAE is seeking new staff to help continue to support arts education in Missouri. We seek an Arts Across the Curriculum Program Specialist to assist the Arts-Centered Education (ACE) program management, and an Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in the Arts (IDEA) Program Specialist. To apply, send a resume and letter (email) of interest to director@moaae.org.  

We're looking forward to seeing many of you at the summer conferences and gatherings sponsored by Missouri Dance Organization, Missouri Bandmasters Association, and Missouri Choral Directors Associations

May the coming summer months be a time of rest, reflection and renewal for each of you!

-Phyllis Pasley

Professional Learning

MAAE's FREE Professional Learning Networks 

Join other educators in conversation and collaboration. All professional learning groups are free and meet regularly. Participation is conducted completely online through email and Zoom. Our programs aim to provide you with learning and growth opportunities that will support your professional journey.

What does summer mean to you?  If you are an educator, it may mean a time to catch your breath and reflect on the past school year.  Did you accomplish what you had hoped and what will the new school year look like? Maybe it means a slower pace and time to enjoy summertime activities. For many arts educators, it is a time to be immersed in professional learning conferences.

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Be sure to check out all the various music, art, and theatre offerings in this newsletter that are taking place this summer. As you plan for the Fall, please consider joining our online professional learning networks and ask about our Arts Centered Education program. 

In May, I had the opportunity to attend the Republic High School fine arts education evening event, One Fine Night.  I participated as an exhibitor with our Missouri Alliance booth and enjoyed viewing elementary and high school students' artwork.  All the arts education departments were represented through theatre video performances, as well as live choral and instrumental performances.  It was an amazing evening of arts advocacy and appreciation. 

Join us for an exciting new Professional Learning Season 2024-2025 beginning in August with IDEA (Inclusion Diversity and Equity in the Arts) and September with MAIN (Missouri Arts Integration Network). Be sure to Save the Dates and watch for more detailed information coming soon!

I hope your summer plans include artful adventures and as always, let me know how I can help you curate your next professional learning experience!

Below: Dr. Cynthia Williams Phelps at the MAAE exhibit booth at Republic High School's One Fine Night. 

What is an Arts Centered approach to instruction?

We at MAAE believe that, arts centered education draws on the natural human inclination towards artistic expression to increase engagement and provide alternative access points to academic content. Art integration's multi-modality approach promotes creativity, imagination, innovation, social-emotional learning, and critical thinking, leading to a better understanding of academic content.

MAAE - Looking for new ACE Program School Partners

Promoting teaching strategies which involve the arts in teaching and learning, such as Arts Integration, continues to be priority work for the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education. Funded by a special grant from the Missouri Arts Council, MAAE will implement the Arts Centered Education (ACE) program, with an emphasis on serving Missouri's rural schools.
ACE provides customized, onsite professional learning in arts integration at no cost to the school. 

If you think your school may be interested in participating in MAAE's ACE program, please email lauren.hanahan@moaae.org.

Become a Fine Arts Education Ally today! Free!

Stay Informed | Connect | Take Action


DEI and Delicious Dishes is a cross-cultural youth leadership development project of MAAE's RIDE Committee. The second year of the project is drawing to a close with much excitement and activity. The recipe book has been completed and you can visit the dedicated DEI and Delicious Dishes website to view the finished cookbook and collection of student art showcasing the collaboration between Lebanon High School, Waynesville High School and Northeast High School in Kansas City, MO.

Want to be involved? Please reach out! A Collaborative planning meeting for future DEI and Delicious Dishes is being planned. We'd love for your students to join us! To learn more, visit our MAAE's website or email ride@moaae.org 

SEEKING school partners in Missouri. We seek urban and more rural school partners from across the state! Email: ride@moaae.org for more information.

Upcoming MAAE Events

" The knowledge base and brilliant pedagogy shared by the presenters was the best I’ve ever experienced 17 years as a teacher... extremely powerful!"

TABstl 2023 Workshop participant

Teaching for Artistic Behaviors Workshop
St. Louis, MO - June 17 & 18, 2024
Registration Fee: $275

New: Receive Graduate Credit*

Art Teachers love the creative power TAB/Choice has brought to their classrooms! This student-centered approach to teaching visual arts changes how teachers, students, and administrators approach the art studio. Come spend 2 days learning about TAB/Choice.

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After the workshop, teachers will be able to:

*Graduate credit hours via Lindenwood University for an additional fee.

Get more information and Register here!

New Teacher/Mentor Help Available

Reach out to us for resources to help new fine arts teachers thrive!  
Contact director@moaae.org or complete this short survey and we will help get new teachers connected with an experienced mentor in their specific arts discipline. 


We need your help!Donate Now!
As a non-profit, the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) works tirelessly to promote and support high-quality arts education in Missouri schools. MAAE relies heavily on the support of donors like you to continue this critical work. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, will make a significant difference in enhancing the quality and accessibility of arts education statewide.
Make a donation, and help us create a brighter future for our young learners.
Thank you in advance for your support and for being an advocate of the arts and education.
We are also grateful to those who have made in-kind donations to the Alliance. View the list of in-kind donors here.

Make a donation!  Make a Difference!

Arts Advocacy

View MAAE's 2024-2025 Advocacy Agenda
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The Executive Committee and Board of the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education creates an annual advocacy agenda directed toward the State Board of Education and the Missouri General Assembly.

In general, we encourage each of these entities to enact policies that support high quality arts education in Missouri.  

View Agenda Here

MAAE's Arts Advocacy Efforts
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MAAE engages in arts advocacy by providing information and support for local level advocacy, maintaining communication with our colleagues engaged in national level work, and with a variety of arts advocacy work at the state level. From raising visibility, to gathering information and training, much of our work in arts advocacy is at the state level. This includes our signature advocacy programs: Fine Arts Education Day, Senate Student Arts Exhibit, and the Show-Me Arts Summit. Other activities include reporting to our allies about the activities of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the State Board of Education, pending legislation, and changes to administrative rules. We work with our allied organizations such as Missouri Citizens for the Arts, Missouri School Boards Association, and associations which support teachers, (MSTA, MNEA) school administrators, (MASA) principals (MAESP, MoASSP) and more to ensure arts education thrives in Missouri. 

Americans for the Arts has created a new resource hub on their website to support Threats to Artistic Freedom. Find updates on activity across the United  States related to advocacy in this area.

You can also endorse MAAE's Artistic Freedom Statement.

Arts Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

Calling All Bands and Musicians
Take part in a world premiere 

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NFHS and Make Music, Inc. have commissioned renowned composer Randall Standridge to write a brand-new work for Make Music Day – and we’re inviting your band to join in the world premiere on June 21! Just like Make Music Day itself, the piece is uniquely inclusive, with optional parts to accommodate any kind of school musician, and the music is absolutely FREE.

Learn more here!

Poster Contest Announced by Governor’s Council on Disability

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is observed each year in October to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and educate about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

The Governor’s Council on Disability (GCD) has initiated a poster contest to celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month in Missouri. The posters are intended to spark a conversation about employment of people with disabilities. The poster contest is open to all Missouri residents. The artwork shall relate to employment inclusion/the significance of employment for people with disabilities.

The GCD will select the winning artwork from all entries through a submission and judging process.

Learn more and review guidelines here.

MAEA Coloring Book Available Now, 2025 Theme Set
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The 4th book in a series of the Missouri Art Education Association's (MAEA) Show Me Art Coloring Book by Missouri Visual Art Students. The theme around the artwork is based on Missouri Literature. Students were asked to showcase their favorite Missouri author, redesign their book cover, or illustrate their own interpretation of an author’s story or poem. In creating and selling this book, it is MAEA’s goal is to raise scholarship funds for a deserving high school senior who aspires to become a Missouri Art Educator. Therefore, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the coloring book will be used for the MAEA Future Visual Art Teacher Scholarship.

Our upcoming 2025 book is themed: MISSOURI ON THE MOVE: OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Get the 2024 Book Now

MSU Announces Juried Exhibition for Secondary Art Students
Entry Deadline: October 24, 2024 (entry portal opens October 1)

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The Department of Art&Design, the Judith Enyeart Reynolds College of Arts and Letters, and the Board of Governors of Missouri State University will host a virtual Juried Exhibition for secondary art students again this year. The virtual exhibition will showcase artworks from talented students and give them an opportunity to participate in a competitive, juried summer exhibition, and provide a platform for their work to be displayed in a college venue. Please note as this is a juried show, entries are not guaranteed acceptance.

Eligibility: All currently enrolled high school students.

Submission Requirements:

• Each student may submit up to 3 works (1 detail image per piece if needed).

• Students should submit works from the previous or current school year.

• There are no fees associated with submission.

How to Enter:

• Works must be submitted via email as a PowerPoint or GoogleSlide presentation.

• The first page of the PowerPoint/GoogleSlide will have the artist’s contact information (name, address, telephone, email). The second, third, and fourth pages will have one image per page with details about the image (size, media, date or a link to any time-based media (video or animation).

• All media is accepted (paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, designs, computer-generated art, digital media, new media, and mixed media).

• All images included in the PowerPoint or GoogleSlide should have pixel dimensions of 2000 pixels in either dimension, but file size should not exceed 15MB.

• Digital portfolios and signed permission forms should be uploaded from this link: https://tinyurl.com/virtualjuriedentry

Jurors: Missouri State University Art&Design faculty

Awards: Winning entries will receive award certificates and scholarships that can be applied towards tuition at Missouri State University Art&Design: 1st–$5,000.00 2nd–$3,000.00 3rd–$1,500.00.

Additional scholarships are also available: https://www.missouristate.edu/financialaid/scholarships/

Schedule & Deadlines:

Entry Deadline: October 24, 2024 (entry portal opens October 1)

Notification of Acceptance: December 16, 2024

Virtual Summer Exhibition Opens: June 2, 2025


Director of Exhibitions: Jodi McCoy JMcCoy@missouristate.edu

Professor: Steve Willis SteveWillis@MissouriState.edu

5th Annual Bill of Rights Day Art and Essay Contest
Deadline Nov 1, 2024 

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The United States Courts within the Seventh and Eighth Circuits are hosting the Fifth Annual Bill of Rights Day Contest and we want YOU to be a part of it! Students in Grades 5-12 from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin are encouraged to submit art and essays on the importance of the Bill of Rights.

Submission deadline is Nov 1, 2024. Finalists from each grade level category will receive a $50 prize and advance to the finals. Grand prize winners will be awarded a $500 cash prize, be able to take part in a virtual award ceremony with a federal judge on Wednesday, December 4, and have their name and submission shared on the websites of the participating United States District Courts.

New this year:  Finalists and winners will be chosen from the following grade level categories – Grade 5-6, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-10, Grades 11-12. (The contest committee reserves the right to combine grade level categories based on number of entries received in each.)

Finalists will be notified by Thanksgiving and grand prize winners will be announced at the LIVE virtual event on December 4, 2024.  Must be present to win the grand prize.  Event registration information below.

ATTENTION TEACHERS: All teacher names submitted will be entered into a raffle. Randomly selected teachers will receive gift cards. The more students who list a teacher’s name on the form, the more chances the teacher has to win!  If you are assigning this to your class or classes, the bulk-submit option is highly recommended.

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Arts Ed Learning from our Allies

2024 Arts Integration Symposium
July 16-17 | Liberty High School (Liberty, MO)

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Join us for a two-day symposium to explore the power of the arts in engaging students, strengthening comprehension, and bringing content areas to life.


Symposium Fee: $150

Registration Opens: April 1, 2024

Registration Closes: July 9, 2024 (or when spaces fill)

Call Carmen Eppright at 816.531.4022 ext.1011 with any questions.

Learn more and register here

Springfield Regional Arts Integration Conference
July 11- 12 | Kickapoo High School (Springfield, MO)

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Springfield Regional Arts Integration Conference attendees will discover foundational arts concepts, teaching strategies, and curricular connections in engaging sessions that dive into music, dance, theater, visual arts, and more. Participatory workshops will make arts integration accessible for everyone and demonstrate how this method can enhance any educator's approach to teaching. This conference is appropriate for teachers, principals, school district administrators, and partnering arts organization staff and teaching artists.

Registration is now open for the conference in July. A 50% discount on the registration fee for regional educators ($75 instead of $150) is available. Registration includes all session materials and full lunch both days. 

 Conference Highlights

The Kennedy Center defines arts integration as an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate an understanding of one subject through the use of an art form. It is through this creative process, students can connect evolving objectives in each area of study.

Learn more and register here

Calling Speech and Debate Instructors
Professional Learning Opportunity

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Join the United States Courts and the Judicial Learning Center for the annual Summer Teacher Institute. The institute is your chance to get an inside look at the federal judiciary and gain valuable tools and resources to use in the classroom. 

For those who have attended previously, new content and themes will be explored. Teachers will have the opportunity to observe courtroom proceedings (based on availability), meet judges, attorneys, and other key players. The topics covered will be timely and relevant and will include sessions on the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the career and contributions of Justice Thurgood Marshall.

This event is designed for high school and middle school social studies teachers and is appropriate for both government and history courses.

This event is completely FREE. Registration is required so that parking, meals, and materials can be provided at no cost to participants. 

St. Louis, Missouri

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Registration is now open. Please register early! Registration Deadlines:

REGISTER HERE: https://judiciallearningcenter.org/summer-teacher-institute/

Missouri Arts Education Organizations Sponsor 2024 Professional Learning Conferences
Connecting arts educators in leadership and learning          
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MAAE helps support exceptional professional learning opportunities sponsored by statewide arts education organizations thanks to individual and organizational contributors and funding from the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Francis Family Foundation.

Missouri Arts Council Updates 

Featured Artist Series

The Missouri Arts Council features Missouri Artists on their website each month. Selected artists of all disciplines — four each month from around the state —receive a $300 stipend. Learn more and apply here.
Congratulations to all of the May featured artists:

Applications are always open for artists living in Missouri. Artists are paid a stipend in cooperation with Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Big News for MO Schools!

The Missouri Arts Council is establishing a new whole-school arts integration training program: A+ Schools of Missouri [A+MO]. MAC will choose 3 schools to participate in the inaugural training class to begin August 2025.

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This school model has flourished in 4+ states since 1995, and we at MAC are proud to make this opportunity a reality for our schools. Established A+ Schools in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas consistently report higher levels of engagement, attendance, and achievement for both students and their teachers.

A+ Schools is a program that encourages collaboration, elevates arts specialists, and embraces learners as unique individuals.

Here are some FAQS:

What is it?
A+ Schools is a model for transforming an entire school by implementing the eight A+ Essentials, with arts every day at the center. 

How does it work?
A+ Schools comes to you for 3 years of initial training and transformation.

How much will it cost?
Missouri Arts Council proposes to fund 100% of training and support to establish your school as an A+ School (roughly $90,000).

When does it begin?
Our first round of A+ Schools will begin professional learning in August 2025.

Where can I get more information?
Contact Jenni Ryan, program director and MAC Arts Education Program Specialist and phone: 314.340.6857 or Email: macartsed@gmail.com, jenni.ryan@ltgov.mo.gov

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Updates 

From the DESE Desk: DESE Art Gallery Expanded and More
Kendra Franks, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Earlier this year, the DESE art gallery was expanded and able to now host student artwork from 2 schools every 2 months. In this school year so far, 328 students have had artwork on display in the Jefferson Building in Jefferson City and on the virtual gallery found on the DESE fine arts curriculum website. There are more schools scheduled to display for May and through the summer. Students receive recognition at the State Board meeting and a certificate from the State Board President, as well as their art displayed in a powerpoint for the Board meeting. Several families are coming to view their student’s artwork here in person this month as well. I’m so thankful for the talented and committed art teachers who encourage their students and provide quality instruction. I am honored to be the curator of this opportunity for Missouri students! If you are interested in touring the artwork on display or in having your school participate, please contact Dr Kendra Franks at Kendra.franks@dese.mo.gov.

I had the privilege of judging music compositions for the Technology Student Association (TSA) of the Career and Technical department of DESE. It was awesome to see the integration of arts as part of their competition and the provision for students to use their skills in both technology and the arts.

I hosted a meeting for Directors of Fine Arts from around the state of Missouri. Along with building relationships, we discussed the issue of “Expectations Management” particularly for newer teachers and are looking forward to our next meeting in the summer!

DESE Virtual Gallery
Featuring: Mount Vernon Elementary and Hazelwood McNair Elementary

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Visit DESE’s Virtual Art Gallery here, which features creations this month from Mount Vernon Elementary and Hazelwood McNair Elementary. For more information about how your school can participate in the art exhibit, please contact Dr. Kendra Franks, DESE’s Fine Arts Curriculum Director at Kendra.Franks@dese.mo.gov.

Artwork is on display in the Jefferson Building 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Monday-Friday (except for state holidays). Please contact Kendra Franks, Arts Education Director before visiting.

Started in 2004, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has invited public schools throughout Missouri to submit samples of their students' artwork. The art is displayed in the Department's main office in Jefferson City and in the room where the State Board of Education holds its regular monthly meetings. Artwork from each featured school is showcased for a month. The same artwork is now featured here. For privacy reasons, the full names of the student artists will not be published here.

Schools that will be featured in the Virtual Art Gallery are already scheduled for several months in advance. Please do not submit unsolicited artwork. For more information, contact:

Kendra Franks
Director of Fine Arts Education

Image Credit: Jude, Mt. Vernon Elementary

Job Postings

MAAE Hiring Inclusion Diversity Equity in the Arts Program Specialist
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MAAE is seeking an arts Inclusion Diversity Equity in the Arts Program Specialist. Position to begin Aug 1, 2024. 

Work in addressing issues related to Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in the Arts.
Full Job Description Available Here

Interested candidates should submit a resume and letter of interest to director@moaae.org by July 1, 2024.

MAAE Hiring Show-Me Arts Summit Coordinator
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MAAE is seeking a Show-Me Arts Summit Coordinator. Position to begin Aug 1, 2024.

Coordinate aspects of the SHOW-ME Arts (SMArts) Student Arts Advocacy Training Summit held virtually and in
person in the Spring of the year.

Full Job Description Available Here

Interested candidates should submit a resume and letter of interest to director@moaae.org by July 1, 2024.

MAAE Hiring Arts Across the Curriculum Program Specialist
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MAAE is seeking an arts Across the Curriculum Specialist. Position to begin Aug 1, 2024. 

Engage in promoting and supporting efforts to involve the fine arts across the curriculum and arts integration!
Full Job Description Available Here

Interested candidates should submit a resume and letter of interest to director@moaae.org by July 1, 2024.

Job Search Resource in Missouri
Nimble Connect: Find a MO Teaching Job You'll Love

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Nimble Connect: Find a MO teaching job you'll love

MAAE Members looking for jobs can now compare all K-12 MO teaching jobs in one place using a new tool called Nimble Connect. The tool (1) compiles all the educator jobs across Missouri so you don’t have to visit each job board, (2) helps you compare district pay scales, commute distance, work schedules, and job responsibilities all in one place, and (3) allows you to quickly share your qualifications directly with principals to get quick feedback on whether it's a fit. You can also use our free matching service, which automatically recommends you to schools hiring in your preferred subjects. Click here to create your profile and begin matching with principals who are hiring! 

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Central Campus Alternative High School - Neosho R-V  2024-2025 School Year
The Central Campus Alternative High School in Neosho, MO is seeking a passionate and motivated educator to join our team to begin the 2024-2025 school year. Primary teaching responsibilities would be in Biology, but core teachers at the Central Campus also offer elective courses outside of their areas of certification such as drama, art, health and wellness, gardening and cooking, and textiles. Our school currently serves 50 students with five teachers, so our average class size is ten students.We maintain high academic standards but regard creative, engaging, project-based learning as our core value.

This is a rare opportunity during a trying time in public education for the right person to positively thrive. Our staff is a small but vibrant intellectual community that drives inquiry and reflection, not just for our students but each other. It is a regular occurrence upon guests’ first visit to our campus to genuinely ask, "Why aren't more schools like this?" If you are seeking a calling that is deeply rewarding and never boring, please apply.

Details can be found here.

St. Louis Story Stitchers Seek Executive Director
We seek a professional for the position of Executive Director based in St. Louis, MO. The ideal candidate has a solid track record in areas such as the arts, leadership, business operations, fundraising, community partnerships, and youth development. Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a nationally recognized Artists Collective known for high quality art and innovative youth violence prevention programs.

Full job description here

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Associate artistic director
Director of learning and community engagement

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Resident Teaching Artists

Opera Theatre St. Louis

Community Partnership Coordinator
Production Crew
Stitchers, Costume Shop

Craft Alliance is a non-profit art center in St. Louis, Missouri, dedicated to exhibiting contemporary craft and teaching craft techniques. Job opportunities can be found here.  Currently seeking Development & Special Projects Coordinator.

Know of other jobs? Please share! communication@moaae.org

News and Resources from our Allies

Missouri Dance Organization to Hold Meeting, Seeks Members
Calling all teachers with an interest in dance!

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The Missouri Dance Organization will be holding a member retreat on Saturday, June 22, from 9:30-4:30.  The purpose is to determine the future of MDO.  Discussion will include our mission statement and whether to reframe our identity as an organization of and for teachers of dance in all forms and venues. 

For further information including how to become a member, contact Alice Bloch:  abloch45@gmail.com

2024 Firefly Music Festival
June 22 - July 13

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The Missouri Symphony welcomes you to the Firefly Music Festival, a reimagined summer festival experience led by MOSY Music Director, Wilbur Lin.

Full details and tickets here.

2024 Schedule

First & Final: 200 Years of Joy
Saturday, June 22 | 7:00P | Missouri Theatre

Finnish Fantasy + Missourian Mythology
Friday, June 28 | 7:00P | Missouri Theatre

Sunday, June 30 | 2:00P | Jesse Hall Rotunda

Stars, Stripes, and Scores
July 3 | 7:00P | Missouri Theatre

Nicholas Canellakis Plays Elgar
Saturday, July 13 | 7:00P | Missouri Theatre

MSO Chamber Concerts
Tuesdays, June 25 & July 9 | 7:00P | Historic Senior Hall - Stephens College 

CampRep in St. Louis | Grades 2 - 8
Acting, music, movement, and creative storytelling classes

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Experience all the magic of acting, music, movement, and creative storytelling classes at Camp Rep!

Camp Rep is unlike any other theatre camp in town. Our campers will experience a two-week artistic immersion which culminates in a creative showcase for families to see. We are providing engaging instruction from some of the region’s leading teaching artists. Campers will take classes on Broadway Dance, Acting, Music, Creative Storytelling, Scenic and Lighting Design and more. Camp Rep is an excellent opportunity to introduce youth to the benefits of arts education and performance. Each camper will have the opportunity to perform, be celebrated and thrive.

Learn more now!

Book 24/25 Field Trips Now!
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra 

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One less thing on your to-do list: book your 24/25 field trip today!

Give your students an unforgettable field trip next school year—experience the power of live music with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Choose from an exciting lineup of performances, including education concerts designed to spark imagination, inspiring classical concerts, and fan-favorite films with live score.

Learn more and book here!

MAEA Fall Conference
October 4-5, 2024
Knob Noster State Park

The conference is themed STEAM: Art Across the Curriculum.
Registration goes live on July 1.
Presentation proposals are available on MAEA's website.  

Learn more about the conference and call for presenters here.

Costumes Worn by Ginger Rogers on Display at State Historical Society of Missouri

Open til August 2024

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Costumes worn by Hollywood actress Ginger Rogers during her lengthy career as an entertainer.

State Historical Society of Missouri
605 Elm St.
Columbia, MO

The exhibition Ginger Rogers: Dressed to Impress opened in March and runs through August 2024 at the SHSMO Art Gallery. 

Born in Independence, Rogers broke into cinema as it evolved from silent films to talkies in the 1930s. The actress had already made 20 films by the time she met Fred Astaire, with whom she formed a legendary dance partnership during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Recently, a dazzling collection of costumes worn by Rogers was donated to the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection (MHCTC) in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management (TAM) at the University of Missouri. TAM is collaborating with the State Historical Society to showcase the costumes at the art gallery in the Center for Missouri Studies.

Joan Stack, curator of art collections at the State Historical Society, said the exhibit features not only beautiful full-length gowns worn by Rogers, but it also includes trousers she wore for a few of her onscreen dance numbers.

“Seeing the breadth of costume styles worn by Ginger Rogers and learning more about her life, we can see how the Missouri native often defied society norms,” said Stack.

One of the costumes in the exhibition includes the dress Rogers wore on stage as the main star in the Broadway musical Hello Dolly! In the 1970s, Rogers reinvented herself as a solo artist with an internationally successful revue featuring songs and costumes inspired by past performances. Nicole Johnston, the curator of the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection, points out that Rogers collaborated with fashion designers to help shape her personas on stage and screen during an era when gender roles were changing in America.

CONTACT: Beth Pike, assistant director, Communications and Education Outreach, State

Historical Society of Missouri; 605 Elm St. Columbia, MO 65201; phone: 573-884-7904; PikeBe@shsmo.org

Teacher Workshop and Juneteenth Events Coming Up, Plus Fall Open House

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Summer Teacher Workshop: Catch the Wave! Summer 

Monday, July 15

9:00 am – 4:30 pm


In anticipation of the upcoming exhibition Hokusai: Waves of Inspiration from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, we’ll be hosting a day-long teacher workshop focused on the art of Japanese printmaker Katsushika Hokusai. Join us to learn more about this exciting exhibition and experience hands-on classroom activities that connect Hokusai’s work to themes in art, social studies, science, and language arts. Your ticket includes garage parking, breakfast, lunch, and two vouchers to see the exhibition when it opens in September! Register here: https://cart.nelson-atkins.org/46789/46970.

8th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Thursday, June 20

10:00 am – 9:00 pm

As part of city-wide observances and in partnership with JuneteenthKC, the Nelson-Atkins presents this free Juneteenth Celebration. Throughout the day and into the evening, enjoy music, dance, storytelling performances, and art activities. The Educator Resource Center will be open with an interactive book display and other resources on view. We hope you’ll come and enjoy the festivities!

Teacher Appreciation Night at the Truman Library

Our friends at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum will be hosting a FREE Teacher Appreciation Night on Friday, August 9, and representatives from local arts and cultural organizations will be on hand to share information about their programming. We’ll be there, and we hope you will be, too! A flyer for the event is attached.

Featured Exhibition: Niki de Saint Phalle: Rebellion and Joy

A new featured exhibition just opened here at the Nelson-Atkins. Niki de Saint Phalle: Rebellion and Joy (on view through July 21, 2024) presents the work of a 20th-century French-American artist who celebrated empowered womanhood through paintings and large-scale sculptures. School groups who wish to book a FREE teacher-led tour of the exhibition can do so at nelson-atkins.org/tours (email tours@nelson-atkins.org if you need assistance with scheduling). A Teacher Resource guide is available to help you plan your visit, and the ERC has several books that can provide more information on this innovative artist.

Save the Date: Fall 2024 Educator Open House

The Teacher Advisory Board here at the Nelson-Atkins has been cooking up something exciting for their fellow educators: a museum open house scheduled for Fall 2024. Mark your calendars now for Thursday, Oct. 3rd – or check out TAB’s Save the Date here if a visual reminder is more your style! This event will feature hands-on activities, information about school and teacher programming at the museum, free admission to our fall featured exhibition, and (of course!) plenty of goodies and prizes. Watch for registration to open later in the summer.

SLSO Learning Lab
Bring SLSO musicians into your classroom with free digital learning for every grade level 

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Learning Lab

Bring SLSO musicians into your classroom with free digital learning for every grade level. From full–length concerts to short video modules and online lesson plans, explore a variety of digital resources. All digital programs and resources are available free, on-demand and will get students creating and making connections between orchestral music and the world around them. 

Digital Programs

Enhance your curriculum and engage your students in the learning process. Each digital program includes an accompanying teacher guide that aligns with state and national learning standards.

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Moosiko's New Songwriting App

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Moosiko's newest product is their Songwriting Notebook App which helps students more easily capture ideas, record audio, and write songs. The Songwriting Notebook is paired with Moosiko's flagship learning product so students can use it on their computers or phones. 

Links to Download or Access the App: App Store | Play Store | Web

Summer at Story Stitcher's
Plus Celebrating 10 Years!

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Youth Empowerment Summit

August 9
.ZACK Theatre, 3224 Locust
Saint Louis Story Stitchers uses Creative Youth Development to build holistic wellness in young people.

Story Stitchers collect stories, reframe, and retell them through hip hop, spoken word, photography, and videography to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships, and literacy.

The Summit builds youth empowerment by exploring 5 elements of hip hop: DJ-ing, Graffiti, MCing, Breaking, and Knowledge.

Free for 48 young people ages 16-25 years old 

Registration: https://storystitchers.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/youth-empowerment-summit

August 10

.ZACK Theatre

3224 Locust

7:00 VIP Reception

8:00-11:00 Hall of Fame and 10 Year Album Release Party!

Over 10 years, Story Stitchers have collaborated with artists 16 to 83 years old on music, storytelling, neighborhood block parties performances, public service announcement campaigns, and multi-year signature projects focusing efforts on high quality art and innovative youth violence prevention programs. Artists have built an archive of Black voices from 2014, through Ferguson and Michael Brown’s death, the Covid-19 pandemic, George Floyd, and through years of heartbreaking violence in our beautiful city to bring unheard voices to light. Together, with you, we are reshaping the future of our region through youth empowerment that builds from exposure and experiences in high quality artistic practice. So let’s celebrate!!

StitchCast Studio LIVE!

Watch and be a part of Story Stitchers live podcast discussions, presented on the state-of-the-arts stage of 3301 Washington Ave. Story Stitchers artists and guest artists will round out each presentation with live art interludes.

StitchCast Studio podcasts are published and available on Podbean, Google Podcasts, apple podcasts, Spotify and Youtube. 

The Center is open!

3701 Grandel Sq, 1A, St. Louis, MO 63108

High School Class Tours available.


Tap to view list of Statewide Arts Ed Orgs

The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education encourages you to join our statewide arts education organizations. Uniting with others strengthens our collective voice in advocacy, and ensures that students throughout the state have ever-improving, high quality teachers. These teachers gain tools to help cultivate each student's ability to express themselves through the arts. Joining the organizations and attending their conferences is a cost-effective and comprehensive way for teachers to receive content-specific professional learning. The leadership of each group passionately cares of Missouri teachers and wants to provide them the tools they need to help their students succeed. Join today!

Nominations Open for the Life Changer of the Year Award
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Life Changer of the Year is an annual program sponsored by the National Life Group that recognizes and rewards K-12 educators and school employees across the country who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership. Click here for the nomination form. To learn more about the award, visit the Life Changer website.

Nominations Open for NAGC Arts Network Research Award
Deadline July 1, 2024
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National Association for Gifted Children recognizes outstanding leaders, scholars, advocates and dedicated contributors. The Arts Research Award recognizes excellence in research about high-ability arts education and arts talent development and aims to increase understanding and availability of research about the needs of artistically gifted and talented and to bridge boundaries between professional organizations and scholarly fields. Learn more here.

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