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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.

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!

>Learn more here.

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
-including live and/or video presentations and displays
  • 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

South Steps
  • 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.


SHOW-ME Arts Student Advocacy Training
MARCH 21, 2023
Leveraging the power of student voice in arts advocacy.

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!

>Learn more here.


in Fine Arts Education Day

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?

Answer: Absolutely!

View collected virtual videos from 2021 and 2022 at

Other questions?
Contact Jeff Sandquist, Chair

Video Guidelines 2023

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 (video or still photos) 3 min. max

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.

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, complete and submit this form and SEND YOUR VIDEO TO

DEADLINE FOR FORM and VIDEO SUBMISSION for Fine Arts Education Day 2022 is February 15, 2023.

Submission Deadline Feb. 15, 2023.

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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

Fine Arts Education Day returned to an IN PERSON celebration in 2022 after a virtual celebration in 2021, due to the ongoing COVID Pandemic.

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!

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 for the virtual celebration in 2021.

Access 2021 Fine Arts Education Day videos at

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

  • 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

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.

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 -