Highlights listed by fiscal year dates, July to June.

2015

  • Received grant from The Weissman Family Foundation to send teaching artists into 20 underserved schools to do five-day arts integration residencies.

2014

2013

2012

  • Held two teaching artist trainings in Hattiesburg and Greenville
  • Participated in Literacy Through Arts Projects with Jumpstart’s Read for the Record and Read Across America.

2011

2010

  • Hosted training session for MAAE presenters and teaching artists to prepare individuals to lead 2009-2010 professional development workshop series, September 2009.
  • Hosted 12 professional development workshops entitled 21st Century Schools for 21st Century Students, for teachers and administrators in partnership with the five regional education service centers and MDE, November 2009-May 2010.
  • Had one member attend KCAAEN Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C., February 2010
  • Had one member serve on elected Network Leadership Committee, Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN),  with ongoing representation for last eight years.
  • Had three members attend Changing Education Through Arts Conference, Kennedy Center, April 2010.
  • Participated in Arts Day at the Capitol, March 2010, and delivered MAAE posters and information to legislators.
  • Five members participated in MIE Partners training on Arts Integration.
  • Worked as Teaching Artists to deliver Arts Integration model lessons at schools throughout the state.
  • Produced third in series of MAAE Arts Advocacy posters to distribute to schools and organizations and at arts events in MS, March 2010.
  • Sponsored student art exhibit during Arts Front and Center Forum, May 2010.
  • Coordinated fundraiser (art raffle) for participants, Arts Front and Center Forum, May 2010.
  • Produced 10th annual Arts Education Awards Recognition program, May 2010.
  • Developed and hosted Arts Front and Center Forum at the MSU Riley Center in Meridian, May 2010.
  • Coordinated auditions and sponsored student for the 2010 Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, July 2010.
  • Helped facilitate Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole Schools Institute, July 2010.
  • Presented sessions at Whole Schools Institute, July 2010.
  • Received renewal of grant from Dana Foundation to provide three professional development trainings for teaching artists, Fall 2010.
  • Supported advocacy activities, including 50 States 50 Arts events, and Arts in Education Week, August-September 2010.
  • Offered Arts in Education professional development workshop series.
  • Participated in Network for Arts Education in Mississippi discussion group, hosted by the MAC.
  • Participated in SAAN, the national network for arts advocacy, as part of KCAAEN.
  • Held four board meetings and annual membership meeting.
  • Added MAAE Facebook page.

2009

  • Helped facilitate Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole Schools Institute, July 2008.
  • Hosted “Train the Trainer” session to prepare individuals to facilitate professional development workshops, November 2008.
  • Hosted 12 professional development workshops for teachers and administrators in partnership
    with five regional service centers and Mississippi Department of Education, January – June 2009.
  • Produced arts education advocacy poster: mailed to every school in state, January 2009.
  • Received renewal of large-scale grant from Dana Foundation to provide professional development
    for teaching artists, January 2009.
  • Had four members attend KCAAEN Leadership Conference, Washington, DC, February 2009.
  • Had one member serve on Network Leadership Committee, Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) and two members on KCAAEN national committees.
  • Participated in MAC Day at the Capitol, March 2009.
  • Developed and hosted Arts Front & Center Forum in Meridian, April 2009.
  • Sponsored student art exhibit (65 pieces from 15 schools, sponsored by 20 MAAE members) during Arts Front & Center Forum, April 2009.
  • Coordinated fundraiser (art raffle) for participants, Arts Front & Center Forum, April 2009.
  • Produced ninth annual Arts Education Awards Recognition program (seven awards presented) during the Arts Front & Center Forum, April 2009.
  • Hosted one professional development workshop for teaching artists funded by the Dana Foundation, June 2009.
  • Coordinated auditions and sponsored three students for the 2009 Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, June – July 2009.
  • Participated in Network for Arts Education in Mississippi discussion group, hosted by the
    Mississippi Arts Commission.
  • Held four board meetings and annual membership meeting.

2008

  • Hosted four professional development workshops for teaching artists funded by the Dana Foundation, July 2007– February 2008.
  • Helped facilitate Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole Schools Institute, July 2007.
  • Co-hosted “Leadership: A Natural Art” Conference in Jackson, January 2008.
  • Produced arts education advocacy poster: mailed to every school in state, January 2008.
  • Participated in Network for Arts Education in Mississippi discussion group, hosted by the Mississippi Arts Commission January 2008.
  • Had four members attend KCAAEN Leadership Conference, Washington, DC, February 2008.
  • Had one member serve on Network Leadership Committee, Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) and two members on KCAAEN national committees
  • Participated in MAC Day at the Capitol, March 2008.
  • Developed and hosted Arts Front & Center Forum in Meridian, April 2008.
  • Produced eighth annual Arts Education Awards Recognition program (nine awards presented) during the Arts Front & Center Forum, April 2008.
  • Participated, by invitation, in series of meetings at regional education service centers across state, April – May 2008.
  • Coordinated auditions and sponsored one student for the 2008 Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, June – July 2008.
  • Promoted and supported MDE Summer Education Conference, June 2008.
  • Held four board meetings and annual membership meeting

2007

  • Hosted “The Art of Leadership Conference” in Jackson, October 2006.
  • Nominated two schools for “Creative Ticket School of Distinction Award” at the national level.
  • Developed and hosted Arts Front & Center Forum in Meridian, March 2007.
  • Produced seventh annual Arts Education Awards Recognition program (nine awards presented) during the Arts Front & Center Forum, March 2007.
  • Completed Take Part work and produced document, “Mapping the Future of Arts Education”.
  • Participated in MAC Day at the Capitol.
  • Coordinated auditions and sponsored two students and one alternate for the 2007 Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute.
  • Had three members attend KCAAEN Leadership Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Had one member serve on Network Leadership Committee, Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN).
  • Held four board meetings and annual membership meeting.
  • Helped facilitate MAC Whole Schools Institute.
  • Participated in MDE Summer Education Conference.

2006

  • Hosted three “Alliance Alive” professional development workshops: Meridian, Hattiesburg, Cleveland.
  • Nominated one school for “Creative Ticket School of Distinction Award” at the national level.
  • Developed and implemented Arts Education Professional Development Track at the Mississippi Department of Education’s TRAIN Conference in Oxford, June 2006.
  • Produced sixth annual Arts Education Awards Recognition program (ten awards presented) during the 2006 TRAIN Conference.
  • Continued Take Part work and developed status of arts education survey.
  • Coordinated auditions and sponsored one student who attended 2006 Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute.
  • Had three members attend KCAAEN Leadership Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Had one member serve on Network Leadership Committee, Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN).
  • Held four board meetings and annual membership meeting.
  • Held strategic planning retreat
  • Helped facilitate MAC Whole Schools Institute.

2005

  • Hosted fourth H.E.+ ARTs Conference (Higher Education plus the Arts) at Eagle Ridge Conference Center, Jackson.
  • Met with legislators during MAC’s Day at the Capitol.
  • Supported advocacy activities and promoted arts education throughout year.
  • Nominated one school for “Creative Ticket School of Distinction Award” at the national level.
  • Developed and implemented a first-ever Arts Education Professional Development Track at the Mississippi Department of Education’s MEGA Conference in Biloxi, June 2005.
  • Coordinated and presented six off-site professional development workshops during the 2005 Mega Conference.
  • Produced fifth annual Arts Education Awards Recognition program (eleven awards presented) during the 2005 Mega Conference.
  • Continued Take Part work in collaboration with Community Audit sites around the state and developed status of arts education survey.
  • Coordinated auditions and sponsored two students who attended 2005 Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute.
  • Had three members attend KCAAEN Leadership Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Had one member serve on National Leadership Committee, Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN).
  • Held three board meetings and annual membership meeting.
  • Helped facilitate MAC Whole Schools Institute.

2004

  • Hosted the H.E.+ARTs Conference (Higher Education plus the Arts) at Eagle Ridge Conference Center, Jackson.
  • Conducted training workshop for teachers on Visual and Performing Arts Framework, Jackson.
  • Coordinated and presented professional development workshops on the Visual and Performing Arts Framework, Tupelo, Jackson, Hattiesburg.
  • Received major grant (Take Part) to conduct community audits and research on status of arts
    education in Mississippi.
  • Held Town Meetings at five sites across state; conducted Community Audit at each location.
  • Coordinated auditions and nominated students for National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music
    Institute.
  • Nominated one school for “Creative Ticket School of Distinction Award” at the national level.
  • Focused on advocacy at MAC’s Day at the Capitol.
  • Produced fourth annual Arts Education Awards Gala (ten awards presented) at Mississippi College.
  • Had four members attend KCAAEN Leadership Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Had member serve as Chair, National Governance Committee, Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN).
  • Held two board meetings and annual membership meeting.
  • Focused on strategic planning and development at MAAE Board of Directors’ Retreat.
  • Helped facilitate MAC Whole Schools Institute.

2003

  • Received 2003 Governor’s Award for Arts Education and Advocacy.
  • Nominated three schools for “Creative Ticket School of Distinction Award” at the national level.
  • Presented “Alliance Alive” workshops on all arts disciplines at Delta State University and Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.
  • Presented “Alliance Alive” workshops on multiple intelligences at University of Southern Mississippi and University of Mississippi.
  • Focused on advocacy at MAC’s Day at the Capitol.
  • Produced third annual Arts Education Awards Gala (eleven awards presented) at Mississippi College.
  • Had four members attend KCAAEN Leadership Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Had member elected Chair, National Governance Committee, Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN).
  • Held three board meetings and annual membership meeting.
  • Focused on strategic planning and development at MAAE Board of Directors’ Retreat

2002

  • Produced on-site Alliance Alive Workshop on dance and visual art at Delta State University.
  • Produced NBPTS Orientation Workshop for music educators via distance learning at 7 sites around state.
  • Attended by invitation special State Arts Education Partnership meeting in Washington, DC.
  • Selected to participate as one of 22 sites to conduct Community Audit project sponsored by Kennedy Center.
  • Produced Grant-Writing Workshop for arts educators via distance learning at 6 sites around state.
  • Produced on-site Alliance Alive Workshop on four arts disciplines at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, Gulfport.
  • Presented Schools of Excellence Awards at state level to Biloxi High School and Florence Middle School.
  • Nominated Florence Middle School for national Creative Ticket Award sponsored by Kennedy Center.
  • Identified and honored individuals for exemplary arts education and service at Arts Education
    Awards Gala.
  • Compiled and produced on-line Professional Development Directory for state arts educators for Summer 2002.
  • Held two Board of Directors meetings and sessions on long-range planning.
  • Sponsored one student for National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute.
  • Nominated and had elected one member to National Governance Committee for Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network.
  • Presented session on Community Audit on Capitol Hill during Kennedy Center Annual Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.
  • Organized and convened H.E.+ARTs Conference, Delta State University (Higher Education + the Arts).
  • Helped facilitate MAC Whole Schools Institute.

2001

  • Hosted two state-wide distance learning workshops.
  • Presented a workshop at the KCAAEN meeting in Washington, D.C.
  • Participated in Arts Day at the MS Capitol.
  • Updated the MAAE website.
  • Created a new membership brochure.
  • Published a newsletter, ArtsinPrint.
  • Posted legislative alerts through broadcast e-mail messages and website.
  • Hosted the H.E.+ARTs Conference (Higher Education plus the Arts).
  • Produced the first-ever Arts Education Awards Gala (seven awards presented).
  • Distributed Professional Development Directory to state-wide constituents.
  • Held three board meetings plus a board retreat.

2000

  • Helped facilitate MAC Whole Schools Institute.
  • Submitted nomination for Governor’s 2000 Awards and for KCAAEN/National School Board Award.
  • Participated in and assisted with MAC Economic Impact Study.
  • Collaborated with Starkville High School on presentation gala to celebrate receiving KC “Creative Ticket Award”.
  • Held Board of Directors Retreat for long-range planning.
  • Coordinated auditions and had 2 students selected for National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute.
  • Compiled and produced Professional Development Directory for all state arts educators for Summer 2000.
  • Developed and launched MAAE website: www.msartsalliance.com.
  • Partnered with MAC for Day at the Capitol to advocate importance of the arts to the state’s economy.
  • Hired lobbyist for arts advocacy during 2000 legislative session.
  • Organized and hosted 2 distance learning workshops (grant-writing and NBPTS) at 5 sites around the state.
  • Participated in “Animating Communities through the Arts” Conference, Biloxi, MS.
  • Produced Smart Teacher Workshop on arts integration via distance learning media.
  • Presented session on Professional Development via Distance Learning Technology at Kennedy Center Annual Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Produced NBPTS Orientation Workshop for music and visual arts via distance learning media.
  • Issues and Advocacy presentation at Mississippi Association of Community Arts (MACA)
    conference.

1999

  • Town Meeting speakers advocated funding for arts to Senate Education Committee.
  • Hosted NAEP Teleconference statewide at nine different sites.
  • Partnered with MDE and MAC in an Administrators’ Forum for purpose of producing policy handbook for school administrators.
  • Supported partnership project, MAC Summer Institute, for training teams of teachers and principals on arts education.
  • Sponsored Arts Education Summit for higher education arts deans, chairs, teachers.
  • Coordinated auditions and had four students selected for National Symphony Orchestra Summer Institute.
  • Proposed and had accepted a candidate for National Symphony Orchestra Teacher Fellowship.
  • Presented “Schools of Excellence” Awards to Hattiesburg and Starkville Public School Districts.
  • Sponsored Hattiesburg and Starkville High Schools for “Creative Ticket National School of Distinction” awards (John F. Kennedy Center). Starkville received one of only five awards presented nationwide.
  • Nominated Starkville School Board for Kennedy Center/National School Board Association Award.

1998

  • Sponsored GOALS 2000 workshops in three locations to encourage arts education inclusion in grants.
  • Offered technical assistance to school districts writing arts education grants.
  • Developed report card on arts education in each school district.
  • Co-sponsored Central Art Project.
  • Funded project to collect data for inclusion in publication “The Vigor of Arts Education in Mississippi”.

1997

  • Collaborated with MDE to promote Summer Arts Institute (LITA).
  • Introduced a bill in the 1997 legislative session for funding for arts education in a phased-in sequential manner.
  • Targeted specific groups to collaborate an advocacy effort for the bill’s introduction and vote.
  • Collaborated with Goals 2000 Leadership Committee to produce a survey on arts education.
  • Held seven “Conversations” on arts education throughout the state.
  • Research document ‘Implementing the Mississippi Fine Arts Frameworks’ published and distributed.

1996

  • Received funding from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (KC) for production of a short video showcasing exemplary arts programs in MS; collaborated with MAC to develop video.
  • Worked with consultant to produce a resource packet to assist in advocacy efforts.
  • Held a two-day Board of Directors retreat which included advocacy and legislative training.
  • Developed a legislative phone tree and legislative packet for members.
  • Sponsored, supported, and participated in 1996 Arts Convention at USM.

1995

  • Clarified long-range goals and developed strategies to achieve; defined the role of the board member by developing committees.
  • Co-sponsored the 1995 Convention on Arts Education.
  • Executive Director Nelle Elam was appointed to the Goals 2000 S.T.E.P. Board.

1994

  • Board held long-range planning retreat.
  • Planned, as co-sponsor with Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC), for a convention on arts education.
  • Advocated for the hiring of an arts education coordinator at the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE).
  • Participated in speakers’ network sponsored by MAC.

1993

  • Mailed information regarding Mississippi Senate Resolution declaring the 1993-94 school year the “Year of Music and Arts Education in Mississippi”.
  • Gained active status with the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN).

1989-1992

  • Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) revitalized and reorganized; began advocacy work and programs; Board of Directors appointed; refined and ratified bylaws; applied for and received nonprofit status from IRS; hired a part-time administrator.

1979

  • Resolution to incorporate adopted by the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Educaton, August 24, 1978.
  • Charter of Incorporation of the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education approved April 4, 1979, by the State of Mississippi.

1974

  • Constitution and Bylaws adopted by Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education January 19, 1974, in the offices of the Mississippi Arts Commission, Jackson, Mississippi.