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Fine Arts Education Day
March 24, 2021
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.
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.
Collecting for 2022!
SUBMIT YOUR VIDEOS of the following:
This 2:25 video shows you how to access the form from the home page, and how we plan to publish your videos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The MAAE greatly appreciates the financial support provided by the Francis Family Foundation and the MAAE member organizations for
Fine Arts Education Day.