The RIDE subcommittee of the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, addressing issues related to racism, inclusion, diversity and equity has developed a project to connect students from rural and urban schools to build relationships, increase empathy and awareness of students’ common and diverse experiences, and gain deeper understanding.
"It was great to hear kids talk about why Missouri is a "cave" state, or the fact that although they lived really close, but that they'd never gone to the Nelson. Hopefully, this project helps us not only see others, but also see ourselves." -Stephanie Hasty, ELA teacher - Lebanon HS
MAAE RIDE - Cross-Cultural Youth Development
"It was a different experience that I truly enjoyed and look forward to more opportunities to interact with other cultures." - North East High School student
for cross-cultural dialogue and art experiences.
"What a great opportunity
for our students!"
-Stephanie Hasty, ELA teacher - Lebanon HS
Bennet Spring State Park
"I once lived in a rural community when I was much younger, but then moved to the Kansas City. It feels really strange and special to be reconnecting with a part of my past though my visit to Lebanon High School."
- North East High School student
MAAE - DEI and Delicious Dishes
Cross-Cultural Youth Development
DEI and Delicious Dishes Initiative - May, 2022.