MAAE can help connect you with professional learning to meet your needs!

  • Content-specific mentors: Through our alliance of statewide arts education organizations, we can help your new fine arts teachers in theatre, visual arts, music and dance be successful. new teacher survey/mentor request form

  • Professional development in the arts: Our database of free and low-cost content-specific professional development opportunities is updated on an ongoing basis.

  • Arts Integration Training: Reap the benefits of involving the arts in instruction that leads to increased student engagement and increases retention of learning. We offer:

          • Low-cost (or no cost) Introduction to arts integration professional development sessions

          • Customized coaching for selected teachers from your school

          • Connections to other arts integration training sponsored by COCA, the KS/MO Partnership in Education, Focus 5, and the Springfield Arts Integration Conference.

  • Connecting Arts Teachers: The Alliance helps arts educators connect with professional arts organizations in the state, reducing isolation and connecting them to best practices. MAAE also sponsors scheduled sessions of three FREE professional learning networks:

          • Fine Arts Missouri Educators (FAME) - problem-solving/discussion group for fine arts educators

          • Inclusion Diversity and Equity in the Arts - (IDEA) addressing diversity and arts curricular issues

          • Missouri Arts Integration Network (MAIN) - open to any educator, in any subject or grade level

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.

NEW! Writing Workshop

Presenter: Roger Kelley, Arts Education Director

Title: Student Writing in the Arts

Duration: 90 minutes to ½ day.

Many Missouri schools are working to improve student writing. This standards-based workshop will help arts teachers identify fears arts students may have when asked to write about the arts. Extensive work will be done to help arts teachers create writing prompts that work in arts classes.

Teachers need to have access to a computer during the workshop.

DESE Fine Arts Workshops.pdf

MAAE Professional Learning Communities

F.A.M.E. (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.

M.A.I.N. Events all on Mondays at 4pm

This free professional learning community welcomes all arts integration practitioners. (any subject, any age/grade level)

The IDEA network is open to all. A project of the MAAE's RIDE committee, this informal gathering meets quarterly via ZOOM and is designed to be a safe space for open communication about issues connected with racism, inclusion, diversity and equity for arts educators. A roundtable forum, this can be a place where people can share concerns, ask questions and seek answers or solutions to help bring greater equity for all.

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: Breana Kavanaugh -Fine Arts/World Language Coordinator

Springfield Public Schools or 417-523-5532

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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 -

  • Mentoring Conference - Fall - Margaritaville - Tan-Tar-A Resort and Conference Center - Osage Beach, MO

  • State Conference - Winter - Margaritaville - Tan-Tar-A Resort and Conference Center - Osage Beach, MO.

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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

  • Leadership Conference - Fall - Capitol Plaza Hotel - Jefferson City, MO

  • State Conference - Winter, 2022 - Union Station - St. Louis, MO / Winter 2023 - Kansas City, MO

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Missouri Art Educators Association

  • FALL Conference - October - Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster, MO

  • SPRING Conference - March/April - 2022 - Renaissance Hotel - St. Louis, MO

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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.