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Fine Arts Resources

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest open to all high school students and conducted in all 50 states by the National Endowment for the Arts. Last year over 8,000 students and 268 teachers from Missouri schools participated. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Arts Council have partnered to bring this program to Missouri.



January 2015  PDF | DOC
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March 2015  PDF | DOC 
November 2015  PDF | DOC 
September 2016 PDF | DOC


Professional Development Opportunities

Arts Education Professional Development Day at Three Rivers Community College 


Arts Integration

Turnaround Arts Initiative Final Evaluation Report 


Pilot Lesson Plan/Assessment

This pilot lesson plan and grouping of assessments, taken with permission from the National Core Arts Standards Model Cornerstone Assessments and revised for use with the draft version of the revised Missouri Visual Arts Grade Level Expectations for Eighth Grade, is designed for visual arts teachers to use now as they work to become familiar with the new expectations. If you have questions on how to adapt or implement this assessment, or how it may fit with an existing visual arts curriculum, please contact Tom Tobias, Arts Education Director, tom.tobias@dese.mo.gov


Music Education Resources


Visual Arts Resources

Bill Perry’s Visual Art Class Integrates Dance, Fashion Design, Media Arts and Visual Art

Bill Perry is a veteran art teacher at Visual and Performing Arts High School, Saint Louis Public Schools. Recently, his class became inspired by the art of Nick Cave following a visit to the Saint Louis Art Museum.  Mr. Perry and his students created a short video to document their work. Click on this link to watch:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_D0TR4Yoc0

​How can arts teaching and learning support implementation of Missouri Standards?

The Common Core Standards and the National Arts Standards are an effective and creative tool to help us design engaging, cooperative, differentiated and imaginative instruction in our arts classrooms.  Our main goal of course should be to first of all teach the arts. However, the arts do not exist in a vacuum. They touch all other disciplines. As arts teachers, we are obligated to introduce our students to a wide spectrum of influences and ideas that naturally cross over into other instructional areas.  If you visit the National Core Arts Standards website, you will see that all of the arts are united under three artistic processes: perform, create, respond along with connect to suggest that there is a seamless interplay between them.

If you are not quite on board with the approach to teaching that the standards suggest, this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlNtkZv26t4 is an innovative introduction to making connections across the school curriculum

Link to the National Core Arts Standards: http://nationalartsstandards.org/