Areas of Expertise

  • Connecting/Uniting Missouri’s Arts Education Community
  • Professional Development Support
  • Arts Advocacy

Current Top Priorities for Guidance or Collaboration

Contact us to learn more about these current priority areas or to explore collaboration opportunities.
  • Connections – Maintenance and growing of our communications network connecting all arts educators in PreK-12-collegiate and arts institutions/organizations.
  • Professional Development – Working with statewide arts ed organizations in support of their content specific professional development offerings, and providing additional professional learning opportunities involving the arts.
  • Arts Integration – Promoting, recruiting educators engaged in more holistic arts inclusive teaching and learning practices.
  • Diversity – Working toward inclusivity and equity for marginalized groups.
  • Arts Advocacy – ensuring that policies enacted are friendly to the arts.
  • Media Arts – learning how to best support this emerging arts education field – Addressing issues pertinent to certification, professional development support
  • Teacher Preparation, Retention and Recruitment of Fine Arts Educators – How do we attract students, prepare them adequately, and provide enough support to retain fine arts teachers?
  • Program Evaluation Measurement – How is the quality of arts education best measured in a variety of settings? How do we uplift the profession and support teachers, students and programs throughout the process?
  • Arts Education for Career and Workforce Development – How do arts educators see the work they do beyond future arts teacher prep or professional artist prep? What arts ed experiences provide support for other career areas? How can we learn to share this information with others?
  • Non-profit financial stability – How do we gain the sustainable financial support to continue to fulfill our mission?

Geographical Areas Served:

Midwest, Rural/Remote, Suburban/Exurban, Urban,

Primary Audience Served:

Children/Youth, Elected officials, Higher Education institutions, Local and State Arts Agencies, Organization Administrators, Organizations, Pre-K Schools and Learning Centers, School Administrators, School-based Teachers, Teaching Artists,

Artistic Discipline:

Dance, Folk - Traditional & Indigenous Arts, Literature and Storytelling, Media Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts,

When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.

Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music

My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.

Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film

Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.

Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio

La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.

Title: Literaseas | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite and ink on paper with digital edits

Title: A Riddle | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits

Title: False Binaries | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits