Leadership Group

2022 dates
no meetings June/July

  • 8.8.23
  • 9.5.23
  • 10.3.23
  • 11.7.23
    no meeting Dec.

  • 1.9.24
  • 2.6.24
  • 3.5.24
  • 4.2.24

Questions, email director@moaae.org

Join us for our next session - register 8.9.22

Enjoy collegial support, discuss topics from those present as well as share resources and strategies for local arts education advocacy.

Focus: Competency Based Education and the Arts

About the Fine Arts Missouri Educators - Leadership Group

The FAME Leadership Group is open to all arts educators, but is particularly geared toward arts educators who take on leadership roles in their setting. The group meets monthly via ZOOM to discuss current issues of interest to Missouri's arts educators. Each session includes an opportunity to network with others, increasing knowledge about relevant topics selected by group members, and some will also feature a presenter to share information about opportunities offered by organizations which support student learning. Sessions are typically held once each monthly, on a Tuesday or Thursday from 4:30-5:30pm.

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.
FAME Leadership Group


No Meeting in July

St. Louis Art Museum


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

  • Virtual concerts, masterclasses, and video lessons from local and national musicians

60 new videos, over 30 hours of new content Curated videos that tie in to existing online curriculum
  • Upcoming activities

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
  • Ways to engage

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

  • Emerson Jazz for our Schools

Free concerts for school groups Free lunch Help with transportation Coordination with other organizations to flush out field trips
  • In person clinics

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
  • Access to evening concerts

We can work with schools to provide student pricing or free tickets to select evening shows Can combine with in person clinic
  • Building library of digital education materials via Educate.Today