Arts Ed Leader Convenings

Calling Arts Ed Leaders!  

Help us identify arts ed leaders across our state who might benefit from professional learning support to assist in the admin side of their duties. Have them reach out to Dr. Cynthia Williams Phelps and we'll get them connected to this group.

Help us know about your situation.
Take the MO Arts Ed Leader Survey.

Survey respondents will be added to the googlegroup be granted access to the Arts Ed Leaders Resources.

convening Jan. 2024

Arts Ed Leaders Resource Access

Our finest resources are the dedicated and hard-working leaders that support the teachers and the students they serve. Find here points of contact for attendees, and an ever-growing collection of resources to guide and support Missouri's arts ed leaders as they work to strengthen Arts Education in Missouri. Members can message to the entire team at   

Questions: Contact Dr. Cynthia Williams Phelps, MAAE Director of Professional Learning - 


Many times arts teachers are called to take on new administrative roles, with limited professional learning to prepare them for these new responsibilities. Navigating the challenges of staffing, professional learning, curriculum development, standards alignment, budgets, materials adoption, facilities, inventory and more can find arts leaders searching for answers. By convening this group we hope to strengthen arts education in Missouri, and increase the efficiency and efficacy of each participant's arts administrative practice. 

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

How it began...

At a meeting in the fall of 2023, the Fine Arts Collaborative Educators Group (based in St. Louis) the conversation turned to professional learning support for arts leaders. It was noted that beyond a few adminsitrative tracks at national level conferences, the opportunities for PD are few. It was also noted that a great deal of learning happens between and among arts ed leaders when they just get together to talk and ask "How did you handle this particular situation?" Participants shared that they learned much from peers about a variety of topics from issues related to staffing to logistics for all-district events and more. The idea to hold a first convening at the 2024 MMEA conference resulted in a session attended by 13 in-person and one virtual attendee. Dr. Kendra Franks, DESE Fine Arts Director led a portion of that session along with Rockwood School District's Megan Meier, and Parkway's Jeff Lackey, along with MAAE's Phyllis Pasley. The group's second session, April 18, 2024 will likely be followed by additional convenings. The current thinking is for gatherings, either in person/hybrid or virtual gatherings in the fall and spring, with an in-person convening as part of the January MMEA conference.  Precise times and topics to be determined. 

MAAE Professional Learning Communities 

MAIN (Missouri Arts Integration Network)

welcomes all arts integration practitioners. (any subject, any age/grade level)

IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity in the Arts) sessions are open to all and provide curricular support, and access to resources as teachers navigate an increasingly diverse world. 

(Fine Arts Missouri Educators)
The FAME Network is open to all arts educators. It will be on hiatus for the 2024-25 year.

Arts Integration Partners


contact Janelle Velten - COCAedu Program Mangaer

Arts Integration Specialist or


The KS/MO Kennedy Center Partners in Education

contact:  Aaron Money - Fine Arts Director
Liberty Public Schools or 816-736-5660 

Springfield Arts Integration Conference 

contact:  Jessica Wagner  -Fine Arts/World Language Coordinator

Springfield Public Schools


Continue to submit your PD offerings at any time. Click the button below  to enter your workshop idea or learning opportunity

Gathering Professional Learning Resources from Arts Ed Partners

Help school districts, LEAs and arts educators plan for content-specific job embedded professional development!  Spread the word about great PD Content - to help PD planners throughout the year!

Making the rich resources generated by individuals and non-profit organizations more widely available to arts educators can help arts ed professional learning happen throughout the year, and not just at the annual professional learning conferences. Live or in-person, virtual and pre-recorded content welcome. 

Please submit separate entries for each learning option you have to offer. Submissions may be offered at any time. Current published document may be viewed HERE.   Questions, email        

It's not too late to . . .                      Enter your PD idea info here!

Statewide Arts Education Organizations  Professional Development

Content-specific professional development designed to meet the needs of constituents is undertaken by our allied statewide arts education organizations. 

MAAE is proud to provide financial support for these efforts through the support of the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Francis Family Foundation and other donors, and to promote high quality professional development in arts education.

Missouri Music Educators Association  

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Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri

STAM Fall conference Margaritaville - Tan-Tar-A Osage Beach. 

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Missouri Thespians 

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Missouri Art Educators Association 

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Missouri Dance Organization

Annual Conference, June  - 2022 Columbia, MO

MDO also offers virtual professional development events. 

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Missouri - American String Teachers Association -

String sessions offered as a part of the Missouri Music Educators Conference - January.

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Missouri Association of Jazz Educators -

Jazz sessions offered as a part of the Missouri Music Educators Conference - January.

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Missouri Bandmasters Association  - 

State Conference - June, Margaritaville - Tan-Tar-A Resort and Conference Center - Osage Beach, MO

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Missouri Choral Directors Association Conference - 

July - University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Springfield, MO 

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Maria A. Ellis


A Blueprint for Equity and Diversity in the arts classroom -
August 3, 2021 @ 7pm via ZOOM with Maria A. Ellis

Video Recording available now.

About the Presenter:  Maria A. Ellis is a passionate educator and conductor. She is the owner of Girl Conductor, a company that creates diverse music education resources, and currently serves as the Director of The Sheldon’s City of Music All-Star Chorus and The St. Louis Children’s Choirs Virtual Chorus. Maria is an active clinician, adjudicator and presenter throughout the United States and abroad. She holds a B.M. in Music Education emphasis on Voice (K-12 Certified) Degree from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. She has served as the Arts and Administrative Fellow for The St. Louis Symphony and has served as the Community Engagement Manager for The St. Louis Children’s Choirs. Maria is the host of Bach and Beyoncé on Classic 107.3 The Voice for the Arts in St. Louis and she is the Repertoire and Resource Chair of Inclusivity for the Missouri Choral Directors Association. Maria is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Music Educators, Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, where she is chair of the RIDE (Race, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity) Committee and holds Level 3 Certification from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education.