PARTNERS and Projects of Outreach and Access

Working with partners, reducing exclusion, and fostering inclusive arts opportunities 

Working with partners, identifying and working to reduce or eliminate areas of exclusion, while foster inclusive arts opportunities helps us attain our goals for equity. We'll post here highlights of evidence that may provide a source of hope that our mission to provide quality arts education experiences for ALL Missourians will one day be realized. 

Every School  • Every Child  •  Every Day

Partners along for the ride

Everyone suffers in an environment of systemic racism and bias. MAAE recognizes that the work of eliminating barriers and achieving equity for all Missouri students is best accomplished working in concert with partners who share those goals.

Learn more about some of our partners by following the links below:

Right to Read Coalition

Supporting Missouri’s libraries to remain an open, accessible resource for books and other materials available free-of-charge to the public. Opposing attempts to restrict access to public and school libraries.  The Coalition expresses confidence in trained, experienced librarians and educators to evaluate and select materials available to the public.

St. Louis Story Stitchers

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is professional artists and minority youth ages 16-24, working together to create social change with a focus on gun violence prevention. Stitchers collect stories, reframe and retell them through art, writing and performance to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. 
Missouri Multicultural Music Teachers Facebook Group founded by Missouri music teacher and arts administrator Dr. Adrianna Marshall devoted to providing a voice for music educators who identify as people of color. MMMT is committed to helping all teachers to create a culturally responsive music classroom.

KC Kids Unite

Inspired by the Greater Kansas City Writing Project, this is an opportunity for teachers and a class of their students in grades  3-5 to have real conversations about the barriers, like race and  geography, that divide us. Teachers implement culturally and locally responsive instruction. Students collaborate across disparate classrooms and meet at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,
Art Teachers for Anti-Racist Curriculum  administered by Missouri visual art teacher Abby Birhanu (among others) this group is for anti-racist art educators who want to exchange ideas and resources by which to cultivate curriculum and content that will raise socially conscientious students.
The Johnson County Library coordinates an immersive social justice initiative involving educators, subject experts, authors, and community partners to provide monthly workshops. The series allows opportunities for students to learn Kansas City's history of racial segregation and how it continues to impact us today. Students make connections, build relationships with peers they might not otherwise meet, and share their own stories as they relate to the issues.
student research to celebrate people of the world and their cultures and to seek personal points of connection; Mural commissioned by Cbabi Bayoc to help "bring the world" to Lebanon, HS.>Cbabi Bayoc time lapse mural video