Student Contests

The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education presents awards to students, teachers, administrators, school buildings, school districts, and community members. Typically these honorees are recognized at the annual MAAE Fine Arts Education Day at the State Capitol.

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MAAE National
Student Arts Advocate Award

This annual award gives a Missouri high school arts student the opportunity to go to Washington, D. C. in the spring to participate in the annual Arts Advocacy Day, sponsored by Americans for the Arts. The contest for the award is open to all Missouri high school students who participate in at least one arts program and are in good standing at their school.

National Student Arts Advocate Award

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MAAE Student Video Contest

The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) is looking for future filmmakers, media moguls or roving TV reporters to enter a student video contest highlighting the importance of arts education in Missouri schools. The MAAE is dedicated to showing why it is important to have fine arts instruction in every school, for every child, every day. We draw attention to the creative skills the arts develop in students of all ages and backgrounds. Through this contest, students join in the Alliance's advocacy mission and display, through video, why the arts are a vital part of education at every level.

MAAE Student Video Awards

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MAAE Student Essay Contest

Students in grades 3-12 are invited to participate in the MAAE Fine Arts Education Day Essay Contest. A student may choose one of the following topics for the essay:

  • How has music, visual art, dance (if it is offered in your school as a class) or drama (theatre) influenced you or your life as a student?

  • Why is it important for every school to provide instruction in the arts to every child every day?

MAAE Student Essay Contest

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