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How did Show-Me Arts begin?

Show-Me Arts is a student-led arts advocacy organization that began with one small group of juniors and seniors from Logan-Rogersville High School in Southwest Missouri in 2008. This small, dedicated group, worked with their state representative, Bob Dixon, and the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education to develop House Bill 870, legislation to promote fine arts professional development for teachers. In 2010 Representative Dixon introduced the bill in the House and Senator David Pearce introduced the bill in the Senate. Show-Me Arts committee members provided testimony at Committee hearings for the bill, met with state department of education (DESE) officials, prepared statements, personally advocated for the arts at the Missouri State Capitol and gained a unique perspective of state government. The students and their supporters were rewarded when the 2011 legislature passed their idea into law.

Last year students from The Paseo Academy, Lathrop, Branson and Rolla met to begin the work of expanding that voice to other schools. Since then, Show-Me Arts representatives have been meeting with the Alliance board to plan for the future. This year we want to involve even more students from schools across the state. More students, speaking in a coordinated effort, means the case for the arts in education is being stated more forcefully than ever.

What is the purpose of the Show-Me Arts Summit?

The student leaders of Show Me Arts are inviting middle and high school students to develop an effective organization with a focused advocacy message to promote arts education, not only to state legislators, but to use in communities around the state. Students see fine arts programs and budgets in danger of being cut or limited in local school districts and they want to do something about it. Educating the public and the policymakers about the importance of fine arts in our schools is one way to make the arts flourish as a vital part of every student’s education.

At the Summit you will:

  • Enjoy meeting and making connections with student advocates from around the state
  • Participate in Advocacy 101, a primer on how to effectively represent arts education to decision makers at local, state and national levels
  • Participate in role playing exercises with actual legislators and lobbyists
Join a network of fine arts student leaders to let your voice be heard. Our message is simple.

Every School. Every Child. Every Day.

Registration Information: To register for the Summit, email or mail the registration form with the name of the school and the students/teachers/parents who will be attending to the contact address on the form. Questions about the program are welcome. Contact Ben Martin, Executive Director of the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education (bmartin@moaae.org) or call at (816) 522-8387.

VERY IMPORTANT! Thanks to our friends at the Francis Family Foundation we can offer this Summit on March 11 as an all inclusive package for the low cost of $25 per person. The next day join students and teachers from all over the state at Fine Arts Education Day at The Capitol Building to put your training to work.