FAME - Fine Arts Missouri Educators

Questions, email director@moaae.org

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 director@moaae.org if you have any additional requests to accommodate visual, hearing or other accessibility issues. 

About the Fine Arts Missouri Educators - Network

The Fine Arts Missouri Educators FAME - Professional Learning Network is a connection point for educators to learn from each other, and to learn about opportunities for their students through other agencies and institutions engaged in supporting arts education.

FAME Sessions are open to all arts educators, and meets monthly via ZOOM.  Network with others, increase knowledge and learn about ways your program can be enriched and grow.




October 3, 2023 Welcoming Springfield Ballet's Emily Walley describing how the nonprofit organization is carrying out its mission of advancing the art of ballet through premier education, performance, outreach and collaboration. She will discuss Springfield Ballet's recent initiatives to make dance accessible to people who might not have the opportunity to experience ballet. register 10.3.23

Emily Walley began her dance training at a young age and has been passing on her passion for dance through teaching at Springfield Ballet since January of 2019. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education through Missouri State University and is currently completing her certification in Gifted & Talented Education. She gained experience in arts integrated education while student teaching at Springfield Little Theatre’s Fine & Performing Arts Academy and is now Education Programs Coordinator at Springfield Ballet.

FAME Leadership Group



August 17, 2023

Presenters Kira Hegeman, and  Latausha Cox, from the Saint Louis Art Museum will discuss gallery tours and activities to encourage student voice and address bias through engaging with artworks from a variety of makers and social contexts. Highlights from SLAM student programs including Arts in the Basic Curriculum, and a pilot program for No Place for Hate, in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League.


Latausha Cox

Kira Hegeman

Bio Info

Kira Hegeman, PhD, Associate Educator, Teacher and Student Learning Kira oversees the Museum’s teacher and student learning initiatives at the St. Louis Art Museum, programs and resources for Pre-K-12 educators and students, and some university audiences. Kira holds a PhD in Art Education from the University of Georgia with a focus on social practice and community engagement, and a specialization in printmaking and book arts. Kira has taught visual art, environmental education, and art education to youth, adults, and university audiences both in the United States and overseas in Thailand, South Africa and England.  @kirahegeman

Latausha Cox, Assistant Educator, Teacher and Student Learning - Latausha Cox is the Assistant Educator for Teacher and Student Learning at the Saint Louis Art Museum. She leads school programs at the Museum that include Arts in the Basic Curriculum (ABC), Exploring with the Artist, and more. Latausha has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master of Arts in Education and will continue her graduate studies this fall. She recently became a Community Arts Training (CAT) Fellow in June 2023 through the Regional Arts Commission of Saint Louis.  @taushacreates

May 2, 2023 - 4:30-5:30pm

Welcoming Catie Dwinal from the QuaverEd discussing way that music teachers can utilize technology to enhance and enrich student learning experiences.

April 4, 2023 - 4:30-5:30pm

Welcoming Jenni Ryan from the Missouri Arts Council discussing way that schools can access funding for their arts projects to enhance and support student learning.   HANDOUT

March 7, 2023 - 4:30-5:30pm

Welcoming April Berry from the The Kansas City Ballet discusses their "ROAD" programs , touring shows, dance artists-in-residencies in arts integraiton, scholarships and other virtual or in-person opportunities for student learning.

February 7, 2023 - 4:30-5:30pm

Welcoming Britney Davis from the The Repertory Theatre St. Louis discusses their "Story 2 Stage" program, touring shows and opportunities for student learning.

October, 2022

Roundtable discussion - Community Connections and the Arts - facilitated by Phyllis Pasley, Executive Director, MAAE

Underscoring the value of building positive relationships with community partners, be they colleagues, administrators, supervisors, school board members, business leaders or other members of the ​community

FAME 10.4.22 40 minutes

September, 2022

Roundtable discussion - facilitated by Phyllis Pasley, Executive Director, MAAE

August, 2022

Roundtable discussion - facilitated by Phyllis Pasley, Executive Director, MAAE

May, 2022

Roundtable discussion - facilitated by Phyllis Pasley, Executive Director, MAAE

April, 2022

Roundtable discussion - facilitated by Phyllis Pasley, Executive Director, MAAE

March, 2022

Roundtable discussion - facilitated by Phyllis Pasley, Executive Director, MAAE

February, 2022

Roundtable discussion - facilitated by Phyllis Pasley, Executive Director, MAAE

January, 2022

Roundtable discussion - facilitated by Phyllis Pasley, Executive Director, MAAE

November, 2021

Roundtable discussion - facilitated by Phyllis Pasley, Executive Director, MAAE

October, 2021

Roundtable discussion - facilitated by Phyllis Pasley, Executive Director, MAAE

September, 2021

Roundtable discussion - facilitated by Phyllis Pasley, Executive Director, MAAE

August, 2021

Roundtable discussion - facilitated by Phyllis Pasley, Executive Director, MAAE

June, 2021

Roundtable discussion - ESSER III - facilitated by Phyllis Pasley, Executive Director, MAAE

May 11, 2021 4:30pm

Jessica Ingraham - St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Tune in for an inside look at your SLSO’s digital resources for classroom use, and get a sneak peak of what’s to come in the 2021/2022 school year. Jessica Ingraham, SLSO Director of Education, shares new ideas to engage your students through digital programming.  

Click here for a link to the SLIDE DECK shared which lists a variety of resources!

April 13, 2021 4:30pm

Meet Bonnie Thomas, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Bonnie Thomas, Manager of Educator Programs and Resources at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Bonnie runs the museum’s Educator Resource Center (a lending library for teachers) and creates resources and programming to help educators incorporate museum objects into their teaching. Join us to learn about the museum’s virtual learning offerings that can be accessed by any educator across the state! We’ll be discussing virtual field trips, professional development, and online resources.


ERC Summer Availability

The ERC’s current public hours will continue through the summer months. We are open Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.


Opera Theatre St. Louis - Alison Felter

Opera on the GO! 

Opera on the GO! brings the magic of opera to your students through a series of interactive workshops and a fresh, abridged production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comedy The Pirates of Penzance. In addition to a 35-minute filmed opera performance, students will experience workshops in movement and dance, lighting design, patter song, and making music! You will also have access to a robust study guide with lesson plans and resources for additional learning. Opera Theatre is proud to offer this program at no cost to schools and educators across the world through May 2021. Experience the program that has reached more than 80,000 students on five continents! https://opera-stl.org/ootgeducatorsignup


Trailblazers in Opera

OTSL’s new interactive lesson series spotlights distinguished past and present Black opera singers who blazed the trail both in opera and in American history. Each curriculum package highlights the life and contributions of an individual singer with lessons and activities keyed to state standards, supplementary video content, and the opportunity to host a live virtual visit in your classroom with a contemporary opera professional. The program is designed for middle and high school age students and can be adapted for younger audiences. https://opera-stl.org/trailblazers

Jan 12, 2021

video excerpts coming soon

Andy Ament, Jazz St. Louis

Andy Ament is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, with Bachelor’s of Music degrees in Jazz Performance and Music Education. He performs all over St. Louis and the Midwest with various jazz, pop, rock, funk, and dance bands. He has performed with such notable artists as Randy Brecker, Clay Jenkins, Reggie Thomas, Dennis Mackrel, and Motown legend Martha Reeves, to name a few. He is also a founding member of the jazz quartet, Utter Chaos, which pays tribute to the great baritone saxophonist, Gerry Mulligan. As an educator, Andy has worked with students all over the St. Louis region as a clinician, instructor, and adjudicator. He has worked as an instructor at numerous jazz camps, including camps at St. Louis University High School and the Birch Creek Performing Arts Center in Door County, WI. He was also selected to present at the 2019 Missouri Music Educators Association conference and to direct one of the Illinois District VI all-district jazz bands in 2020. Andy began working with Jazz St. Louis in 2008 as an instructor for their JazzU program and as a consultant in developing various educational programs and materials before becoming a permanent part of the education staff in 2014. He is currently finishing his Master’s of Education degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, specializing in diversity and equity in education.

Jazz St. Louis FAME talking points

 Unique virtual opportunities available during COVID

 60 new videos, over 30 hours of new content Curated videos that tie in to existing online curriculum
 Live virtual activities with residency artists and other national artists Including Sherman Irby, Tatum Greenblatt, Helen Sung, Jerome Jennings, Erica von Kleist, Riley Mulherkar, Sarah Gazarak, and Christian McBride
 JSL Education Facebook group-https://www.facebook.com/groups/1573746066114240 JSL YouTube page-https://www.youtube.com/user/jazzstlouis JSL Educate.Today landing page-https://educate.today/edvideos/resources-from-jazz-st-louis

Post-COVID engagement-especially for those outside of St. Louis

 Free concerts for school groups Free lunch Help with transportation Coordination with other organizations to flush out field trips
 Can be done in our education center with JSL staff or national artists in town for one of our residencies Jazz combos or big bands
 We can work with schools to provide student pricing or free tickets to select evening shows Can combine with in person clinic