Fine Arts Education Day
Learn more about teh Fine Arts Education Day Program. (1:15)
JOIN US for
Fine Arts Education Day Wednesday March 22, 2023
Fine Arts Education Day Wednesday March 22, 2023
This annual event sponsored by MAAE helps bring student art, student performances and student voices to Missouri's capitol informing legislators of the value of arts education. Be a part of the Fine Arts Education Day celebration in-person or by video submission!
We'd love to welcome you!
The success of the collection of video submissions allowed sixty-three schools to participate virtually. MAAE Plans for 2022 include an in-person performance component, in addition to the continued the collection of arts video submissions. Please submit your videos which help us share your stories! *guidelines for video submissions below.
Fine Arts Education Day PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES
There are limited performance opportunities for in-person performances in the rotunda, and (weather permitting) on the South Steps and in the Governor's Garden between 9am-3pm on March 22, 2023. Interested? APPLY to Perform In-Person HERE.
Still thinking about it? Potential Performers can find out more details about what performers can expect and explore the possibilities of a rich and holistic learning experience for your students!
Fine Arts Education Day 2023
- 8:30am Senator meet and greet with student artists
- 9:00 a.m. Senate Arts Exhibit Awards ceremony
- 10:00 a.m. Fine Arts Education Celebration Activities
- 11:00 a.m. MAAE Fine Arts Education Awards Presentation
- Noon - FAED Performances
- 1:00 p.m. - Fine Arts Education Celebration Activities video presentation/displays continue
- 3:00 p.m. Rotunda Activities conclude
- 1:15 p.m. Outdoor Musical Performances Begin (weather permitting)
- 1:15 p.m. Pizza Lunch for all participants
SMARTSfocus (1:21) This video gives a bit more information about the SHOW-ME Arts Training Program.
PARTICIPATE in the
IN-PERSON by attending the SMarts Summit in Jefferson City, MO on 3/21/23. FEE: $55/pp includes overnight accommodation (double occupancy) training and meals.
VIRTUALLY via ZOOM - dates and times March 7 @ 7-8:15pm and March 9 @ 4:00-5:15pm - FREE!
IN-PERSON by attending the 3/23/22 event. Arrange visits with your legislator and share you group performances at the Capitol and Governor's Garden (weather permitting) - Apply to perform HERE
VIRTUALLY by submitting videos from your students. All arts disciplines welcome! Videos can show process, rehearsals, or a finished product. Submit your video here.
Question: Can I do both?
Can I participate in-person and virtually?
View collected virtual videos from 2021 and 2022 at https://maae.educate.today/.
Contact Jeff Sandquist, Chair
Video Guidelines 2023
SUBMIT YOUR VIDEOS of the following:
SAVE THE DATE! - PLAN TO JOIN US!Fine Arts Education Day 2024March, 2024
MAAE's SHOW-ME ARTS initiative cultivates student voices to help inform Missouri lawmakers of the tremendous value of arts education, and the exceptional work being done by arts educators.
In the SMarts arts advocacy training MAAE helps students learn 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]. Plans in 2022 include a return to in-person training, as well as virtual components.
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.
2022 Fine Arts Education Day returns IN PERSON
On March 23, 2022, nearly 500 students, family members and other supporters of arts education journeyed to Jefferson City on March 22-23, 2022 to join in MAAE's annual event to celebrate the Arts in Missouri. Beginning on Tuesday evening with our SHOW-ME Arts (SMarts) Student Advocacy Training Summit held at the Doubletree Hotel in Jefferson City, and led by Coordinator, Andrea Branstetter, where students worked with coaches as they learned about arts advocacy and practiced their elevator speeches, so helpful when meeting with legislators the next day. After a restful night's sleep, and breakfast-to-go, we greeted Missouri Senators and honored 34 student artists and their teachers selected to be a part of the Senate Student Arts Exhibit on display throughout the coming year. We honored winners of our Grades 3-12 Essay Contest, and recipients of the 2022 Arts Education Excellence Awards. Highlights included remarks from Missouri's 2022 Teacher of the Year and music educator, James Young, and a song performed by Representative Peter Meredith as part of his acceptance speech. We also welcomed student performers from Bradleyville High School, Helias High School, Kickapoo High School, Logan-Rogersville Upper Elementary, Rolla Middle School, Strafford High School and Sullivan High School, and combined all performers in a finale arrangement of "America the Beautiful" conducted by MAAE Chair and Fine Arts Education Day Coordinator, Jeff Sandquist. Inclement weather caused the cancelation of outdoor performance events, and the festivities came to a close with a pizza lunch for participants.
2021 Fine Arts Education Day SUCCESS!
See Arts Education in Action
with videos MAAE collected in 2021
from these Missouri Schools
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.
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.