(In person or Zoom – be sure to check each artists’ preference)

Artists in the Schools, a program of the Allied Arts Council, offers cultural enrichment to students in grades pre-K-12 in public and parochial schools in the St. Joseph area. Be sure to check each artists’ listing as some are in person only and some are available for either in-person or Zoom.

The program is aimed to engage participants in creative and educational demonstrations or guided arts activities. Sessions are designed to enhance educational programs and help to address learning standards or curricular goals.

Any teacher may request an artist by completing a request form, which must be approved by the school principal. Sessions are free to schools within the Northwest Missouri area.

This year features nine artists with unique talents who offer programs in a variety of disciplines, plus a virtual guided Zoom Sculpture Walk tour. As always, our artists are available to fit the expanded enrichment needs of your students, and all educators are encouraged to participate. We are able to offer 50 sessions for the 2022-2023 school year, so get your requests in early.

The Allied Arts Council and the St. Joseph Public School District are members of the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, working to foster partnerships among arts organizations, schools and communities. Selected because of a demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the partnership team participates in collaborative efforts to make the arts integral to education.

The Artists in the Schools program is fully endorsed by the St. Joseph School District and is partially funded by the Arts Fund of the Allied Arts Council and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The PTA Council, individual PTAs, and local civic groups donate additional support.


PDF of Roster with Descriptions

Mike Bracciano  – Television Broadcasting – In person or Zoom

Kay Goodman – Whose Hat is That? 1&2 – In person

Roger Heard – Magic of the Bagpipe – In person or Zoom

Marla Heeler Dance – Creative Movement  – In person or Zoom

Suzanne Lehr – Missouri History – In person

Sara Markt – Architecture – In person or Zoom

Tom Meehan – Irish Folk Music – In person

Jason Riley – Bach to Blues Guitar – In person or Zoom

Will Stuck – Storyteller Extraordinaire – In person or Zoom

Sculpture Walk Guided Tour of 18 sculptures  – In person

Request Procedures 

Please use the form HERE to request artists. One form per request per class, please. If you have any questions, please call the Allied Arts Council at 816-233-0231 or email cathy.ketter@stjoearts.org.  

Please send the completed form to the Allied Arts Council, 118 South Eighth, St. Joseph, Missouri, 64501, via e-mail, or snail mail and the request will be confirmed with the artist.  Please note: the school principal must sign the request.

If using Zoom, once the artist is confirmed, an e-mail will be sent to you requesting the Zoom link for your session, and the Allied Arts Council will forward that link to the artist.

24 hour notice for cancellation please.