2021 Fine Arts
Education Day

Feature YOUR students as we ADVOCATE for the ARTS

Virtual Fine Arts Education Day
March 24, 2021

This annual event sponsored by MAAE helps bring student voices and student performances to Missouri's capitol informing legislators of the value of arts education.

Due to the ongoing COVID Pandemic and limitations at the state capitol Fine Arts Education Day will be VIRTUAL this year. MAAE will have a presence in the Capitol Rotunda throughout the day, which will include presentation of recorded performances from across the state.

SUBMIT YOUR VIDEOS of the following:

  • Individual student or small ensemble less than 5 minutes in length

  • Large ensemble performing groups 5 to 10 minutes in length

  • Display (formerly static displays) lighting designs, costume design, set design, etc. 5 min. max

  • Teacher/Learning Activities during COVID (video or still photo) 3 min. max

Google Form for Submission of Videos: https://forms.gle/auM49CS3iM3C738G7

EMAIL VIDEOS TO: jsandquist@moaae.org


is extended to March 1, 2021.

This 2:25 video shows you how to access the form from the home page, and how we plan to publish your videos.

Complete and submit the form above if you would like to have your individual student, ensemble, or performing group included in this VIRTUAL presentation for the 2021 Fine Arts Education Day (Wednesday, March 24, 2021) at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri. DEADLINE FOR FORM and VIDEO SUBMISSION is February 15, 2021.

Videos should be submitted in mp4 format. All videos should include a banner at the bottom with details on the performance (work performed, performers, school, date of recording, etc). If you do not have the technical skills required to do this it can be added after submission.

ALL VIDEOS SHOULD BE SENT TO: jsandquist@moaae.org Submission Deadline Feb. 15, 2021

Visual Art Teachers submit student artwork for MAEA Youth Art Month


For 2021, MAAE has designed a virtual model for our celebrations. In addition to encouraging students and teachers to send in short videos for display in the state capitol rotunda by February 15, MAAE also encourages all participants to make contact with their legislator and arrange a meeting on Friday, March 26 when your local elected officials may be back home in their local district. Perhaps they could visit your classroom virtually, or in-person if local guidelines permit.

Even with logistical challenges, we are confident that by showcasing Missouri's students and their accomplishments in fine arts, we will be able to help Missouri's lawmakers realize the tremendous value of arts education, and the exceptional work being done by arts educators as they work to help Missouri students succeed. Fine Arts Education Day on March 24, 2021 is the (virtual) place to be!

Want some training in arts advocacy for your students?
MAAE provides that too! Everything from how to address their legislator, to arts advocacy talking points they can use in their "elevator speech." Learn more about our free companion student advocacy training program - SHOW-ME Arts - [SMarts]

The importance of YOUR students and their voices being heard by Missouri legislators cannot be overstated. You - and they - make a difference! Student voices are particularly powerful and their message helps underscore the importance of high quality fine arts education experiences for every child, in every school and every day.

WHAT is Fine Arts Education Day? (in non-pandemic times)

Once each year, Missouri's fine arts teachers, students and families unite in Jefferson City, Missouri at the Capitol building for an exciting celebration of arts education in Missouri - sponsored by MAAE. Fine Arts Education Day welcomes student performers from across the state to help highlight the arts. Visual arts displays line the hallways of the third floor of the capitol, and student performances ring out in the First Floor Capitol Rotunda, the Carnahan Governor's Garden east of the Capitol building, and sometimes include the exterior steps of the capitol building and/or out onto the capitol lawn!

  • It's a performance opportunity

  • It's an awards ceremony - and a chance to recognize those who support the arts and student excellence.

  • It's a history lesson and exploration of stunning architecture

  • It's a chance to learn more about state government and meet your legislators

  • It's a chance to help decision-makers be reminded of the value of arts education.

      • It's FUN!

A Brief History

Since 2004, The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education has sponsored a Fine Arts Education Day at the Missouri State Capitol since 2004. Unfortunately, In 2020, the event was slated for April 1, but with the COVID-19's global pandemic, in-person events such as this were canceled. Undaunted, we are currently making plans for the 2021 event and will update this site as details become available.

Students often make appointments to meet their legislators, sharing how the arts benefit them personally. They frequently bring artwork, photographs, playbills, DVDs and CDs to present to their legislators during the visits.

Central Visual and Performing Arts -March 2015
CVPA students were invited by the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education to dance on the steps of the state capitol in this suit they made, which was inspired by the work of artist Nick Cave.


>Learn more here.

Find out more details about what performers can expect and explore the possibilities of a rich and holistic learning experience for your students!

WHY we do it?

Fine Arts Education Day is an effective means of highlighting the importance of fine arts education in Missouri schools. During a typical FAED, the Missouri State Capitol building is alive with vocal and instrumental ensemble performances, dance groups and theatrical presentations. Not only is it great fun and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the arts through performance and exhibition, but it helps underscore the value of the arts and arts education for students across Missouri.

  • The arts enrich lives daily.

  • The arts deepen connections with others, leading to improved health and well-being.

  • They benefit Missouri's economy.

  • The arts help students gain the skills they need to prepare for a successful future.

Seeking feedback and suggestions.

This website was launched in August, 2020. We are seeking feedback from site visitors about their experience. Please share your thoughts on this survey.

The MAAE greatly appreciates the financial support provided by the Francis Family Foundation and the MAAE member organizations for
Fine Arts Education Day.

Missouri Alliance for Arts Education

www.moaae.org - director@moae.org