Missouri Arts Integration Network

a professional learning community sponsored by MAAE

The Missouri Arts Integration Network connects individuals with an interest in ARTS INTEGRATION via FREE one-hour monthly events via ZOOM. We welcome arts and non-arts teachers from any subject or discipline at every level - from PreK through collegiate. Get inspired as you meet with other educators and hear success stories from practitioners across the state. To register use ZOOM links for each MAIN event.

A video introduction to the
Missouri Arts Integration Network - (2:00)

M.A.I.N. Events

all on Mondays at 4pm

(no sessions in June/July)

August 29, 2022 REGISTER 8.29.22

September 26, 2022 REGISTER 9.26.22

October 24, 2022 REGISTER 10.24.22

November 28, 2022 REGISTER 11.28.22

(no session in December)

January 30, 2023 REGISTER 1.30.23

February 27, 2023

March 27, 2023

April 24, 2023

May 22, 2023

no sessions in June/July

August 28, 2023

September 25, 2023

October 30, 2023

November 27, 2023

no session in December

January 29, 2024


MAIN events allow participants to reflect and ask questions, offer suggestions to support members of the community. They can also help define MAIN Events moving forward. No matter what stage of your arts integration journey, there is a place for you at our MAIN events! Please join us, and invite others to do so as well.

Join US! 8/29

LINKS FOR: Symbols in Art & Math and Art & Scientific Method from the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum’s STE(A)M learning collection!

MUSEUM to CLASSROOM at the Kemper - August 29, 2022, 4pm
REGISTER 8.29.22


Rachel LaMear - Stephens College

Part two

We'll learn what is going on in Columbia Missouri
with arts integration and pre-service teachers

at the Stephens College Lab School.

September 26, 2022 - 4pm REGISTER 9.26.22

November 28, 2022 - 4pm - REGISTER 11.28.22


with Andrea Branstetter and Cecile Galluzzo

Andrea Branstetter (music) Cecile Galluzzo (visual art) share their learning from the virtual Kennedy Center Arts Integration training in June, 2022. Listen in to hear about how they've applied what they've learned in the first semester of the 22-23 school year.

MAAE wishes to make programming accessible to all. In-person events are held in ADA compliant facilities allowing those with mobility issues to participate. Please contact if you have any additional requests to accommodate visual, hearing or other accessibility issues.

Featured presenters sought!


Want to share? We are always looking for future presenters for our MAIN events. email:



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5/24 and 8/29/22 - Rachel LaMear shares an in-depth look at integrating the arts in a K-5 mutiage classroom in the Lab School at Stephens College. Projects engage in a variety of ages and abilities, including preservice teachers.

3/28 and 4/25/22 In this two-part series - MAAE's MAIN event welcomes one of COCA's All-Star Teaching Artists - Susan Kopp as our featured presenter - alongside her classroom teacher partners to share more information about using the arts to build a classroom climate of self-confidence, creativity and collaborative spirit. Clint Christensen (5th grade teacher from Flynn Park Elementary) joined the conversation on 3/28 and Latasha Gaston, (5th grade teacher at Barbara C. Jordan Elementary) lends her perspective on 4/25.

2/28/22 - Allison Fleetwood - Nixa School District

(Soon-to-be Dr.) Fleetwood will share the results of her doctoral dissertation on arts integration and the great work happening in Nixa to support this effective approach to teaching and learning.

MAIN EVENT 2/28/22 coming soon

Photo: Kannsas City Nelson Atkins Museum in snow-2.jpg by Eric Bowers - used with permission

1/24/22 - Amy Berridge Manager, Studio Experiences, and Bonnie Thomas, Manager, Educator Programs and Resources in the School Programs and Partnerships Department at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art share an arts-integrated lesson involving natural materials and stop-motion animation inspired by Andy Goldsworthy's Walking Wall - available for teachers to check out from the Educator Resource Center.

MAIN EVENT 1/24/22 coming soon

11/29/21 Meghann Henry Executive Artistic Director from Mesner Puppet Theatre and Aaron Money - Liberty Public Schools

The partnership between these two entities was outlined and success stories were shared.

MAIN EVENT 11/29 coming soon

10/25/21 Garrett Brown and Dana Ross (with Aaron Money)

Liberty Schools and EPIC Elementary

The KS/MO Partnership in Education group affiliated with the Kennedy Center has become a hub for Arts Integration in the KC region.

MAIN EVENT 10/25 coming soon

June-September 2021 Sessions were informal roundtable discussions.

June 28, 2021

3/22 and 5/24/21 Arts Integration Collaborative - Columbia Civic Orchestra

Dr. Gennie Pfannenstiel is an educator and arts integration specialist. For many years she has worked at Locust Street Elementary (formerly Lee Elementary) in the Columbia Public School system in central Missouri. Learn more about Locust Street students in collaboration with Columbia Civic Orchestra..

See the Elementary Inspiration page for Dr. Gennie


5/24/21 - coming soon

Google Slides Presentation

2/22 and 4/26/21 - Globally Strong Cultural Fair

Stephanie Hasty grew up in Mansfield where the Little House books were written and now teaches high school English in Lebanon. She and her 11 year old daughter, Lila Jane, spend their free time reading books and watching too much TV and they can't wait to travel again, as they miss exploring the world.

Elizabeth Barker has been throwing clay and teaching art at Lebanon High School for 25 years. Elizabeth hopes to someday return to slow running at marathon events with crowds of other crazy people. She lives near Bennett Springs with her husband Robert, and their children Abram (17), Alia (15) and Adlai (12).

MAIN EVENT 2/22 and 4/26/21 - coming soon

1/25/21 @ 4pm - Carrie Pace - STEAM Academy Middle School - Ferguson Florissant School District - "Art with Heart" program involves students as entrepreneurs who design a replicable product for sale to benefit local non-profits. The project encompasses visual arts, ELA, mathematics and more as they research, apply for a $25 business loan for materials and supplies, market their products and sell them at a school fair, and then present the proceeds.

MAIN EVENT 1/25/21

Amanda Martin Hamon

Molly Nevius

12/7/20 @ 4pm - Amanda Martin-Hamon, Associate Director of K-12 Education and Molly Nevius Learning Communities Coordinator-both at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas showcased their newest statewide arts integration outreach initiative PEAK (Partners Engaging Arts across Kansas). This exciting initiative is focusing on SEL and character development (SECD). They also plan to display some of the educational resources available at the Spencer tied with their upcoming exhibition Healing, Knowing, Seeing the Body including their lesson plan bank and collection cards.

>Learn more about Amanda and Molly here.

MAIN EVENT 12/7/20

11/2/20 @ 4pm - Dr. Elizabeth Hogan McFarland

Fine Arts Educators who work with pre-service educators help their students understand the benefits of arts integration. Dr. McFarland works with teachers in the area of music education.

MAIN EVENT 11/2/20 - coming soon

About the STEAM Experience at
A.D. Stowell School - Hannibal, MO

10/5/20 @ 4pm - Katie (music) and Steven (visual art) Schisler are a dynamic duo who in 2018 they had the opportunity to help in the creation of a STEAM Integration program at Stowell. This would pair grade level teachers with specialist (art, music, PE, and STEM) to create project based learning lessons that integrate multiple subjects through co-teaching. In the third year of the program there is still a lot of learning to do, but it has become a source of enjoyment and identity throughout the school. They are excited to share the structure of the program as well as some successes and pitfalls they have encountered thus far. The link at left allows you to watch a video created in 2019 to promote the program.

MAIN EVENT 10/5/20 - Katie and Stephen Schisler - A.D. Stowell School - Hannibal, MOLink to presentation slides from Katie and Steve Schisler(42:00)

Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning

8/31 - 4pm - Ed Reggi and Sherry Norfolk

Learn more about the work of Springboard to Learning teaching artists Ed Reggi and Sherry Norfolk who work in an onsite residency program with host teachers who receive arts integration coaching.

MAIN EVENT 8/31/20 - Ed Reggi & Sherry Norfolk - Springboard to Learning - Wolftrap trained teaching artists- (27:05)

Lifelong storyteller and actor Ed Reggi is one of Springboard to Learning’s original Wolf Trap Literacy and STEM trained teaching artists. Ed obtained his BFA from Fontbonne University. He’s lived in NYC and Chicago and mentored by Second City founder Paul Sills. An improv teacher on Oprah’s nationally syndicated reality show WELCOME TO SWEETIE PIE’S, Ed also teaches Acting at Southern Illinois University, Washington University, and COCA in University City.

Kennedy Center Teaching Artist and Adjunct Professor at Lesley University, Sherry Norfolk is a performing artist, a dynamic storyteller, and teaching artist, who uses storytelling as a strategy for teaching preK-12th grade curriculum. She is co-editor with Lyn Ford of “Storytelling Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Children with Special Needs,” and with Jane Stenson of “The Storytelling Classroom series” (four books that explore rigorous, standards- based storytelling strategies for learning across the curriculum). Sherry is another of Springboard to Learning’s original Wolf Trap Literacy and STEM trained teaching artists.

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7/27/20 - So Choi and Lee Newell

Our neighbors to the West in the great state of Kansas, So Choi (visual arts) and Lee Newell (mathematics) shared their collaboration in creating stunning works of art while learning more about quadratic equations.

MAIN EVENT 7/27/20 - So Choi & Lee Newell - Leawood Middle School - Overland Park, KS(25:48)

6/29/20 - Phyllis Pasley - Introduction to M.A.I.N.

Would you like to share a 15-20 presentation or facilitate a discussion panel at one of our future MAIN meetings? We are always looking for new ideas and perspectives which might inspire others! Email with your ideas.

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