The ESU Kansas City Branch will again be represented at the Fine Arts Education Day at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri, on Thursday, March 31, 2016. The purpose of Fine Arts Education Day is to highlight the importance of fine arts education in Missouri schools.
This program is sponsored by the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education which is a consortium of arts education associations that represent dance, theatre, music and visual art. By joining together, these organizations in Missouri speak with a powerful and unified voice about the importance of the arts in Missouri schools.
The English-Speaking Union, Kansas City Branch, will have an information table in the rotunda along with other organizations supporting the day's activities. This is an ideal opportunity for our ESU Branch to highlight our activities and educational programs to the many teachers and students attending the Fine Arts Education Day.
During FAED, the Missouri State Capitol building is alive with vocal and instrumental ensemble performances, dance groups and theatrical presentations. Performance venues include the First Floor Capitol Rotunda and the South Steps of the Capitol building. Teachers and students from all over Missouri participate in a variety of programs, awards ceremonies and visits to legislators' offices. Students often bring artwork, photographs, playbills, DVDs and CDs to present to their legislators during the visits.
Ben Martin, left, a long-time ESU Kansas City member, is the Executive Director of the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education and will be the emcee for the Fine Arts Education Day activities. Throughout the day's activities, students, teachers and members of the public are invited and encouraged to visit their school district's State Representative's and Senator's offices and stress the importance of the arts in Missouri schools and express the need for their State legislators to support arts programs.
ESU members are welcome to attend the day's events at the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Missouri and also help out at our information table.