Education and Advocacy
to inform and educate those who can help the arts and
arts education thrive in Missouri
Arts Advocacy and education takes many forms. It can range from something as simple as inviting local school board members, elected officials or administrators to performances and exhibitions, or as extensive as arranging formal visits to meet with members of the state or national legislature and other policy makers. Anything that helps support the continuation of the arts could be referred to as arts advocacy.
The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education helps educate and inform others about the importance of arts education in Missouri schools. MAAE lends its voice to support arts agencies such as the Missouri Arts Council. MAAE has partnered with the State Historical Society of Missouri and become a part of Missouri's Bicentennial Alliance. Working collaboratively with other agencies, organizations and institutions, MAAE helps the arts thrive, which also helps boost our state's economy.
Through this advocacy work, MAAE helps keep member and affiliate organizations informed, and encourages action on initiatives which impact the arts and arts education. Areas of focus include:
- State Board of Education
- Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Pending action or legislation at the state and federal level which may have a positive or negative impact on arts education. (Updates from Kyna Iman, Legislative Liaison for MAAE)
MAAE is non-partisan and does not endorse political candidates.
Partners in Advocacy
- Kyna Iman, MAAE legislative liaison email@example.com
- AFTA-Americans for the Arts
- AEP-Arts Education Partnership
- MCA-Missouri Citizens for the Arts
- MACAA-Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies
- MMEA -Missouri Music Educators Association
- NASAA -National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
- NAMM-National Association of Music Merchants
MAAE has two initiatives which include advocacy components.
SHow-Me Arts (SMarts) Student Advocacy Summit
Training the next generation of arts advocates, the SHOW-ME Arts program (SMarts) provides information, training and role-playing activities for students - who then apply those skills by meeting with their legislators. Prior to 2020, these training sessions were held the evening that preceded Fine Arts Education Day and participants arranged their own meetings with their legislator to coincide with the other Fine Arts celebrations at the capitol.
Fine Arts Education Day
Since 2004, the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education has sponsored a Fine Arts Education Day at the Missouri State Capitol to highlight the importance of fine arts education in Missouri schools. Typically held on a Wednesday during the spring legislative session, the Missouri State Capitol is alive with art exhibitions, vocal and instrumental ensemble performances, dance groups and theatrical presentations. Performance venues have included the First Floor Capitol Rotunda, the Capitol steps and the Carnahan Governor's Garden east of the Capitol building.
The MAAE greatly appreciates the financial support provided by the Francis Family Foundation and the MAAE member organizations for
Fine Arts Education Day.