Alliance Initiatives

Several MAAE's programs, projects and initiatives include helping to provide classroom resources for teacher use with students, professional development opportunities and other forms of support.

Areas of focused interest include:

    • Professional Learning Networks

Networking opportunities for Arts Educators.

      • MAIN events - [Missouri Arts Integration Network] free monthly meetings of arts integration practitioners for teachers of any subject, at any grade level. Learn more here.

      • FAME Leadership Group [Fine Arts Missouri Educators] s geared toward arts educators who take on leadership roles in their setting, but open to all. The group meets monthly via ZOOM to discuss current issues of interest to Missouri's arts educators, and features a presenter to share information and learning opportunities. Learn more here.

      • IDEA - [Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in the Arts] quarterly meetings structured to provide a safe space for discussions and roundtable support for Missouri Arts educators facing challenging issues in this sphere. Learn more here.


      • "Behind the Scenes" - a collaborative project between DESE, MAC and MAAE to address Missouri non-profit arts organizations and Missouri teaching artists in free monthly meetings via ZOOM. Learn more here.

    • COVID-19 Response

Resources and support for teachers navigating the challenges of providing high quality arts education in COVID-19 world. Visit our MAAE-MATCH site - Missouri Arts Teacher Center for Help.

    • Race, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

Research, projects and professional development to address issues of Race, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. Visit our Diversity Area to view resources and projects in progress.

    • Arts Integration and STEAM

Research, coaching and professional development in the area of Arts Integration and STEAM. Visit our Missouri Arts Integration Network [MAIN] to learn more about our monthly MAIN EVENTS.

    • Early Learning Task Force

A short term project to develop recommendations for next steps for MAAE by listening to voices from the field of early childhood education. Learn more here.

    • DESE

Collaborative work with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) on issues related to the arts, arts education, curriculum standards, arts integration, STEAM, and policies affecting education. Visit our pages dealing with our collaboration with DESE for more information.

    • Mentoring Support

Not all districts have resources or personnel to provide adequate support for new teachers. With member organizations representing fine arts educators in Visual Arts, Theatre, Music and Dance we offer help to support teachers new to the profession. Visit our New Teacher Mentor pages to learn more.

MAAE Committee and Initiative Leadership


MAAE has several projects designed to educate and inform about issues that affect arts education. One facet or our work is to provide tools to facilitate conversation among Missouri's arts advocates and their elected officials and policy makers at the local, regional and state and national level.

Areas of focused interest include:


MAAE recognizes both academic excellence, excellence in artistic performance and advocacy support for arts education in Missouri. Each recognition program has its own rules for submission and award recipients are typically honored in a ceremony during the MAAE Fine Arts Education Day at the State Capitol.

    • Senate Hall Art Exhibit Project - featuring student artwork from every senatorial district

    • All-State Ensembles -MAAE provides financial support for these programs.

        • All-State Choir Program - sponsored by MCDA
        • All-State Band Program - sponsored by MBA
        • All-State Jazz Band Program - sponsored by MoAJE
        • All-State Orchestra Program - sponsored by MoASTA
        • All-State Theatre Program - sponsored by Missouri Thespians
    • Awards and Recognition program for Arts Education recognizing outstanding students, teachers, administrators, and policy makers.

  • National Student Arts Advocate Award
  • Missouri Alliance for Arts Education Schools of Excellence Awards
  • MAAE Student Essay Contest
  • The MAAE Creativity and Innovation in Teaching Award
  • The MAAE Arts Education Community Champion
  • The MAAE Administrator of the Year Award
  • The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education and the Missouri School Boards’ Association School District of Distinction in Arts Education Award
  • The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education State Government Advocate for Arts Education Award


Examples of research conducted by MAAE are listed below. -more info

    • Formal published research studies "Arts Education makes a difference in Missouri Schools" (2010) and "Arts Education still makes a difference in Missouri Schools (2015)

    • Support for the Arts Education Data Project - a web-based dashboard tool which numerically identifies student access to arts education and trends over time.

    • COVID impact studies - surveys collecting data of the impact of cancellations on K-12 institutions, and creative professionals.

    • Research to help address issues of Race, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

Connecting Arts Communities

Working with Arts Agencies and Institutions in providing arts education experiences, collaborative arts integration coaching, student enrichment and performance opportunities from Missouri teachers and students.