MAAE MISSION: The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education supports, promotes, and advocates for fine arts education for the benefit of ALL Missourians.

MAAE VISION:  We envision quality fine arts education in all Missouri schools, ensuring that every student discovers and develops their fullest potential.
Every School  • Every Child  •  Every Day

R.I.D.E. An MAAE committee to address issues of
Racism • Inclusion • Diversity • Equity


The MAAE RIDE Committee's objective is to foster inclusive arts opportunities by:


Everyone suffers in an environment of systemic racism and bias. 

Through the work of the  MAAE Committee on Racism, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity - MAAE pledges to:

July, 2020
A Message from the MAAE Committee on Racism, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education is deeply troubled by the current events in our country.  As an organization that frequently speaks for citizens across the state of Missouri to advance arts education, we believe Black, Indigenous, and People of Color when they say they experience a different life in this country compared with the experiences of White individuals.  We believe that their voices should be heard and also that they are often not heard.  

As the leadership of numerous arts education associations, led by a board who is majority white, we also observe that systemic racism and bias create obstacles and barriers that impact the experience of arts education.  Please know that we are listening and invite individuals and associations to work with us to further inclusivity and reduce bias and discrimination both explicitly and implicitly. 

The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education will be engaging its member associations in how we can better listen, act as leaders on these issues, and plan to expand our association partners to include more representation to better reflect the diversity of our state and its communities.  We strongly encourage all of our member associations to do the same and work with us on making arts education more inclusive for all.

For arts educators and advocates, we encourage you to join us in these efforts through our resources and projects.

MAAE Projects

DEI Arts - Curricular Connections - sharing of arts curricular and lesson resources collected and selected through a lens of diversity.

DEI and Delicious Dishes - cross-cultural youth leadership development initiative and project-based learning experience.

I.D.E.A. Council - annual meeting of statewide arts education leaders. (Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in the Arts)

I.D.E.A. Network Sessions -quarterly sessions of professional learning with an equity focus and to assist other arts colleagues as they engage in equity work in their setting. (Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in the Arts)

We welcome you to participate in the ways that work best for you!  

If you have questions or if you wish to become more involved please reach out to director@moaae.org.


Resource Links

Visit the links below to learn more about racism, how it impacts arts education, and to locate resources for use in the classroom as well as personal and professional growth.

Materials ready for use with students in the classroom (grouped by discipline)

Materials for Arts Educators and Arts Organizations (grouped by category and discipline)

Materials for personal exploration and understanding

Land and Labor Acknowledgment  in accordance with MAAE Inclsusive Practice Policy

The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education wishes to offer our respect to all members of the BIPOC community - past, present and future. We acknowledge the boundaries of the state of Missouri encompass the traditional lands of the Chickasaw, Kickapoo, Osage and other indigenous groups. We honor the BIPOC community’s continuing presence, still-unpaid labor, ideas and contributions.

Equity & Diversity WorkSHOP

A Blueprint for Equity and Diversity in the arts classroom

with Maria A. Ellis


Link to Youtube Archive of the session

Maria A. Ellis, chair
MAAE RIDE Committee