The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education supports, promotes, and advocates for fine arts education for the benefit of ALL Missourians.
Every Student • Every Child • Every Day
In fulfilling our mission and helping the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education Educate, Promote, Celebrate, Research, Connect within the field of arts education, and enact our projects, programs and initiatives, MAAE has several committees at work. Access a list of the members of each committee at the links at right.
The executive committee meets monthly to guide and facilitate the work of MAAE throughout the year. It consists of elected officers, one MAAE Board representative from DANCE, MUSIC, THEATRE and VISUAL ARTS, one member-at-large, and committee chairs.
Jeff Sandquist, Chair
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Dance - MDO - president - Lisa Geger
Music - (one of these )
MCDA President - Amy Krinke
MoASTA Chair - Allison Ross
MOAJE President - John Evans
MBA President - Kenny Hansen
At-Large Representative to Executive Committee
Robert Gifford - Arts Integration Committee chair Past-Chair MAAE - bio
Staff - Phyllis Pasley, Executive Director - bio
The Arts Integration committee meets monthly to continue the ongoing work to support and promote Arts Integration in Missouri Schools.
Arts Integration Committee Members
Robert Gifford, Chair
M.A.I.N. Event PlannersMissouri Arts Integration Network Planning Team
Phyllis Pasley, chair, Jo Byrnes, Kara Armstrong, Kari Schepker-Mueller, Aaron Money
Racism Inclusion Diversity Equity R.I.D.E. Committee
The nation's renewed interest in issue of systemic racism cause MAAE Board members do more than make a statement of support. The committee was formed in June, 2020 to clarify MAAE's position, and provide resources and support for social change toward (anti-) Racism, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity.
R.I.D.E. Committee Members
Maria A. Ellis, Chair
RIDE -Teacher Resource Hub Task Force
Tim Gore, chair
Maria A. Ellis
MAAE Advisory Council for Financial Sustainability
Comprised of diverse individuals from every region of the state, Advisory Council members are invited to attend quarterly meetings to provide valuable information about avenues of revenue from granting organization, sponsors, donors, contributors and in-kind donations to continue MAAE services and programming in support of Arts Education in Missouri.
Advisory Council Members
Harlan Brownlee, Past MAAE Board - CHAIR
Jennifer Morgan Beuchat - Director of Theatre, Leavenworth High School, Leavenworth, KS
Alice Bloch, dancer, choreographer, teaching artist, past MAAE Board, past-president MDO
Mark Alan Anderson, Visual Art Coordinator, NKC Schools
Vicki Bean, art educator (retired,) Past president, MAEA
Kathy Bhat, Orchard Farm MS/HS
Ray Castrey, Past Missouri Fine Arts Academy Director
Dr. Mike Cowan, Retired HS Principal
Brian Crouse, V.P. Education, Missouri Chamber of Commerce
Brent Ghan, Missouri School Boards Association, Chief Comm. Officer
Roger Kelley, Chair, Arts Coordinator, KC 33 School District
Melinda J. Mehaffy, City of Gladstone, Economic Development Admin.
James W. Melton, Coordinator of Fine Arts, Columbia Public Schools
Aaron Money, Director of Fine Arts, Liberty Schools, Past MAAE Board
Rebecca Moppin, Principal, McMillan Elem., Mexico 59 School District
Connie Shoemaker, Rolla High School in Applied Visual Arts, Adjunct and Dual Credit instructor at Drury University. Missouri Art Education Association Past- President, Youth Art Month Co-Chair for Missouri, former vice-chair MAAE.
Dr. Charles Taylor, Professor of Communication, Drury University
This team was assembled to examine pending legislation under consideration by Missouri's House and Senate. They conduct research, prepare position papers and deliver testimony to inform legislators about the impact of proposed legislation, through a lens focused on arts education.
Legislative Watch Group Members
Dr. Robert Gifford
Covid-19 Work Group - dormant since January 2022
This group of compassionate individuals began working together in late April, 2020 to provide resources and a sense of hope for arts educators experiencing the trauma of abrupt change in a climate of ongoing uncertainty. The group, along with additional volunteers recruited to assist with the curation of resources on the MAAE-MATCH website (Missouri Arts Teacher Center for Help) continues to work together to make plans, recommendations and resources available to Missouri teachers.
COVID-19 Work Group Members