Fine Arts Education Day
Feature YOUR students as we ADVOCATE for the ARTS
Feature YOUR students as we ADVOCATE for the ARTS
JOIN US for Fine Arts Education Day Wednesday April 3, 2024
This annual event sponsored by the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE), in partnership with our principal allies and the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA), 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!
Learn more about the Fine Arts Education Day Program. (:58)
In-Person - April 3, 2024
Showcase your students and arrange visits with your legislator and share you group performances at the Capitol and Governor's Garden (weather permitting) -
GET READY! You and your students are invited to PARTICIPATE in the
SHOW-ME Arts Summit
Student Advocacy Training
April 2, 2024 in person
Leveraging the power of student voice in arts advocacy.
Virtual options also available.
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 April 3, 2024. 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 2024
- 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
VIEW the 2023 Schedule and Program of Events
SMARTSfocus (1:21) This video gives a bit more information about the SHOW-ME Arts Training Program.
2023 Fine Arts Education Day
On March 22, 2023, nearly 700 students, family members and other supporters of arts education journeyed to Jefferson City on March 21-22, 2023 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 the 34 student artists, their teachers and members of their families 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 2023 Arts Education Excellence Awards. Engaging rotunda performances thrilled audiences from noon-1pm and the concerts continued through the early afternoon on the South Steps of the Capitol Building. A pizza lunch was enjoyed by all.
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.
Essay Contest Winner Liam Reeves
Government Arts Ed Champion
Representative Peter Meredith
Student Performer - Levi Baker
2021 Fine Arts Education Day SUCCESS!
WHAT is Fine Arts Education Day?
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.