MAAE Contests and Awards

The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education presents awards to students, teachers, administrators, school buildings, school districts, and community members at the annual MAAE Fine Arts Education Day at the State Capitol.

National Student Arts Advocate Award

This annual award gives a Missouri high school arts student the opportunity to go to Washington, D. C. in the spring to participate in the annual Arts Advocacy Day, sponsored by Americans for the Arts. The contest for the award is open to all Missouri high school students who participate in at least one arts program and are in good standing at their school.

For detailed information on this award: Information | Application

The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education
and the Missouri Alliance for Arts Educatio
Schools of Excellence Awards

The Missouri Alliance for Art Education acknowledge individuals and organizations that demonstrate outstanding support for the arts.

This award recognizes schools that have done an outstanding job of making the arts essential to the education of their students. The awards provide an important opportunity to honor schools and the role they play in providing a creative learning environment for outstanding student achievement. Winners receive a plaque for display in their building.

This award is presented to individual schools that have arts education programs that include two or more of the following components:

1. teach music, art, theatre and, where applicable, dance as specific disciplines;

2. provide imaginative learning environments;

3. include parental involvement;

4. promote learning about other cultures; and

5. encourage community connections.

To download a PDF of the MAAE School of Excellence Submission file, click here: School of Excellence Award.

If you prefer to work with a Word document that will allow you to fill in the information and then send as an attachment, please contact MAAE Executive Director, Ben Martin at bmartin@moaae.org .

MAAE Student Video Contest

The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) is looking for future filmmakers, media moguls or roving TV reporters to enter a student video contest highlighting the importance of arts education in Missouri schools. The MAAE is dedicated to showing why it is important to have fine arts instruction in every school, for every child, every day. We draw attention to the creative skills the arts develop in students of all ages and backgrounds. Now students can join in the Alliance's advocacy mission and display, through video, why the arts are a vital part of education at every level.

The top prize of $100, to be used for classroom supplies, will be awarded to the sponsoring teacher who submits a winning student video. The winner(s) will be acknowledged at Fine Arts Education Day at the State Capitol in March. The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education has sponsored a Fine Arts Education Day at the Missouri State Capitol since 2004.

Suggested formats include public service announcements, news stories or music videos. Videos can range from 30 seconds to two minutes in length. Copyrighted material must be attributed in the video. The submission deadline is January 31st. Videos may be initially submitted in the form of a YouTube link.
 
For more information about video content and how to submit an entry, contact MAAE Executive Director, Ben Martin at bmartin@moaae.org

MAAE Student Essay Contest

Students in grades 3-12 are invited to participate in the MAAE Fine Arts Education Day Essay Contest. A student may choose one of the following topics for the essay:

- How has music, visual art, dance (if it is offered in your school as a class) or drama (theatre) influenced you or your life as a student?

- Why is it important for every school to provide instruction in the arts to every child every day?

Essays should be no longer than 500 words and should be typed, double spaced, with a 12-point font using Word or a similar program. In the upper left corner, list the student name, grade level, name of fine arts teacher who submitted the entry, arts subject the teacher teaches, school name (district and building), school address and school telephone number.

Each essay should be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail to bmartin@moaae.org

The deadline for submitting entries is January 31st. One winning essay will be selected from entries by students in grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. A monetary prize of $50 will be awarded to the winning student in each category and $50 will also be awarded to the sponsoring fine arts teacher in each category to be used for supplies in their fine arts classrooms. The awards will be presented at the MAAE Fine Arts Education Day at the State Capitol in March.

Each student’s essay is protected by copyright the moment it is created. By submitting the essay to the MAAE, the student agrees to allow MAAE to publish the essay in print and/or online. All other rights remain the property of the writer (student).

The MAAE Creativity and Innovation in Teaching Award

The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education recognizes a fine arts educator for creativity and innovation in teaching a visual or performing arts class at the MAAE Fine Arts Education Day at the State Capitol. Students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members may nominate a teacher for this award. For more information, call Ben Martin at 816.522.8387.

To nominate a teacher for the award provide a response to the following:

1. Why do you think the teacher you are nominating should receive this award?

2. Provide at least one example of creative and innovative teaching by the teacher.

Responses should be no longer than 500 words and should be typed, double spaced, with a 12-point font using Word or a similar program. In the upper left corner, list the teacher’s name, arts subject the teacher teaches, where the teacher is employed (school district and building), name of the person nominating the teacher (teachers may nominate themselves), contact information for the person nominating the teacher including telephone number and e-mail address.

Nominations should be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail to bmartin@moaae.org

The deadline for submitting entries is January 31st. One teacher will be selected to be honored at the MAAE Fine Arts Education Day at the State Capitol.


The MAAE Arts Education Community Champion

MAAE’s Newest Award!

This award recognizes a community member who is not a staff member at a school who has supported an arts education program in a special and meaningful way. The candidate can be nominated by students, teachers, administrators, or other community members. A nomination letter no longer than 500 words should describe the person’s actions and attributes that have contributed to that arts program success. Please send the letter no later than January 31st to Ben Martin Executive Director of MAAE at bmartin@moaae.org

The MAAE Administrator of the Year Award

The MAAE has developed an awards program to recognize an outstanding school administrator who shows tremendous support for fine arts education and fine arts educators. Send an e-mail to bmartin@moaae.org telling us why your nominee deserves this award.
 
The deadline for nominations is January 31st.

Administrator Nomination Form

The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education
and the Missouri School Boards’ Association 
School District of Distinction in Arts Education Award

See the most up-to-date information about this program by clicking on the MAAE/MSBA School District of Distinction Tab on this Website

The MAAE and MSBA School District of Distinction in Arts Education award is presented to a Missouri school board that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality arts education. The award recognizes districts that include high-quality fine arts education in their programs. The winning school board, chosen by the MAAE and MSBA, receives a plaque for display in the district.

For more information, or to nominate a school board for this award, please contact MAAE Executive Director, Ben Martin at bmartin@moaae.org or 816.522.8387.

The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education State Government Advocate for Arts Education Award

MAAE recognizes two government officials each year—one elected and one appointed—who have demonstrated consistent and committed support for arts education in Missouri. The winners will be nominated by the MAAE Board, however, suggestions for potential winners are always welcome. The winner will be recognized at Fine Arts Education Day in March.