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Added Membership Value for First-Time Members!

Our ESU membership year begins July 1 and ends June 30 (this is also our fiscal year for financial reporting purposes).  In June, you'll be receiving membership renewal notices for our next membership year that begins July 1, 2014.

Even though our current fiscal year is nearly over, it is still a good time to bring in new members.  If a new member enrolls during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year, that is, during April, May or June, their membership will carry over into the new fiscal year.  That means the new member gets one, two or three extra months in their first-year membership depending on what month in the fourth quarter they enrolled. This only applies to new members.

 

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ESU Kansas City Branch Supports Missouri Alliance for Arts Education

The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education 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. 

On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, the Mo. Alliance for Arts Education sponsored a Fine Arts Education Day at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri.  This was the 10th year for the event at the Missouri State Capitol.  Schools and other education-based organizations participated in the event.  Vocal, instrumental, dance groups and theatrical presentations were held in the First Floor Capitol Rotunda and the South Steps of the Capitol building.

 

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Junior at Paseo Academy Wins First Place in Kansas City Shakespeare Competition. Next: New York City National Finals

The ESU Kansas City Branch held its 30th annual Shakespeare Competition on Sunday, February 16, 2014.  Thirteen students from the Kansas City metro area entered the Competition.  Makenna Lockhart, a Junior at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts won First Place.  Her sponsoring teacher was David Luby, Director of Technical Theatre at Paseo Academy.  The Competition was held at The Coterie Theatre at Crown Center in Kansas City for the first time.

Over 165 students participated in preliminary competitions in Kansas City area high schools as well as a competition for homeschool students sponsored by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.  Makenna, left, impressed the judges and captivated the audience with her performance of Phoebe from Shakespeare's As You Like It and her recitation of Sonnet 24.  She will go on to represent ESU's Kansas Branch as a semi-finalist at the National Shakespeare Competition held at Lincoln Center in New York City on May 5, 2014.  The ESU Kansas City Branch is one of 58 Branches competing in the National Shakespeare Competition in New York.

Click here to see photos from the competition

 

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Ben Martin, Kansas City ESU Board Member, On Panel to Select Recipients of 2014 Missouri Arts Awards

The Missouri Arts Council selected the recipients of the 2014 Missouri Arts Awards.  Individuals, organizations, and communities are recognized in the six categories of Arts Education, Arts Organization, Creative Community, Individual Artist, Leadership in the Arts, and Philanthropy.

Ben Martin, above, a long-time member of the English-Speaking Union, Kansas City Branch, and a current ESU Board Member, was one of seven panelists who selected the recipients of the 2014 Missouri Arts Awards.  Ben is also the executive director of Missouri Alliance for Arts Education and the president of the Summit Theatre Group, a local community theatre organization based in Lee's Summit, MO.  Click here to read the announcement listing the six recipients of the 2014 Missouri Arts Awards.


 

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