Fine Arts
Education Day

Feature YOUR students as we ADVOCATE for the ARTS

Fine Arts Education Day
Wednesday - March 23, 2022

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.

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 23, 2022. Interested? email

2021 Fine Arts Education Day SUCCESS!

Fine Arts Education Day was held virtually in 2021, due to the ongoing COVID Pandemic. MAAE had a presence in the Capitol Rotunda throughout the day, which included presentation of recorded performances from across the state. Fine Arts Education Day 2021 PRESS RELEASE

Scroll down to learn more about the videos collected in 2021.



>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!


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.

Access 2021 Fine Arts Education Day videos at

See Arts Education in Action with videos from these Missouri Schools collected in 2021!

  • A.D. Stowell Elementary School–Hannibal Public Schools

  • Blue Springs High School–Blue Springs R-4 School District

  • Bradleyville Junior High School–Bradleyville School District

  • Caruthersville High School–Caruthersville #18 School District

  • COCA–University City, MO

  • Columbia Elementary Schools–Columbia Public Schools

  • Community Music School–Webster University

  • Concord Elementary School–Lindbergh School District

  • Crane Elementary School–Crane R-3 School District

  • Crane High School–Crane School District

  • Crestwood Elementary School–Lindbergh School District

  • Grandview Senior High School–Grandview C-4 School District

  • Hazelwood East High School–Hazelwood School District

  • Hazelwood East Middle School–Hazelwood School District

  • Larimore Elementary School–Hazelwood School District

  • Lee’s Summit West High School–Lee’s Summit R-7 School District

  • Lindbergh High School–Lindbergh School District

  • Locust Street Expressive Arts School–Columbia Public Schools

  • Long Elementary School–Lindbergh School District

  • Marshall High School–Marshall Public Schools

  • Nixa Intermediate Schools–Nixa Public Schools

  • Nixa Junior High–Nixa Public Schools

  • North Kansas City High School–North Kansas City School District

  • Parkway South Middle School–Parkway School District

  • Parkway Southwest Middle School–Parkway School District

  • Parkway West High School–Parkway School District

  • Raymore-Peculiar High School–Raymore-Peculiar School District

  • Rolla High School–Rolla School District 31

  • Rolla Middle School–Rolla School District 31

  • Shook Elementary School–Marshfield R-1 School District

  • Sperreng Middle School–Lindbergh School District

  • Three Rivers College Vocal Music Department

  • Truman Middle School–Lindbergh School District

  • University City High School–School District of University City

  • Webb City High School–Webb City R-7 School District

  • Webb City Junior High–Webb City R-7 School District

  • Willard High School–Willard School District

  • Willard South Elementary–Willard School District

  • Wydown Middle School–School District of Clayton

Visual Art Teachers submit student artwork for MAEA Youth Art Month

Video Guidelines 2022

We are collecting your videos for the 2022 Fine Arts Education Day - where we will include both virtual selections and in-person offerings.

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

Complete and submit this form if you would like to have your individual student, ensemble, or performing group included virtually in Fine Arts Education Day at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri. DEADLINE FOR FORM and VIDEO SUBMISSION for ENTRY into the LIBRARY for Fine Arts Education Day 2022 is February 15, 2022.

Submission Deadline Feb. 15, 2022.

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.

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.

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.

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