Mark your calendar. MFAA is planned for June 4-24, 2017. Watch the website for further details. Online student application opens November 1, 2016.
Yesterday, Governor Nixon restored state funding for both the Missouri Fine Arts Academy and Scholars Academy. Missouri residents who have been accepted into these programs will now attend for free! If you have already submitted your program fee payment, your full payment will be refunded once grant funds have transferred. If you have not yet made your payment, do not do so.
Note: Non-Missouri residents are not eligible for state funding.
Live just outside of Missouri but always wanted to attend MFAA? Now’s your chance. Non-Missouri residents can now apply for admission to this year’s Missouri Fine Arts Academy. All students who complete the program earn 3 credit hours (IDS101) transferable to any university. Apply today! Note: non-Missouri residents pay an out-of-state program fee of $2,100. This includes all costs of the Academy.
Due to the loss of one-time tobacco settlement funds, Governor Jay Nixon has restricted spending in order to maintain a balanced budget. The Missouri Fine Arts Academy will no longer receive state support for 2016.
What this means
Students who are accepted into the Missouri Fine Arts Academy will pay a program fee. The Missouri Fine Arts Academy staff is currently working to adjust the program’s budget and will announce the program fee for MFAA 2016 as soon as possible.
Missouri State’s Missouri Fine Arts Academy, also known as MFAA,will begin accepting applications for its 2016 summer program (June 5-25) several months earlier this year on Nov. 1. The application period will run until Jan. 15, 2016.
Changes on the horizon for summer 2016 academy
Due to Governor Nixon’s recent budgetary cuts, the Missouri Fine Arts Academy will not receive state support for 2016. Students will pay a program fee. We are currently adjusting our budget and will announce the program fee for 2016 as soon as possible.
Director Ray Castrey, who has been with MFAA for two decades, retired at the end of summer 2015. Melissa Herr has taken over the position.
Lastly, Ellis Hall will be undergoing renovations during the summer, so daily assemblies and evening performances will be relocated to other MSU campus facilities.
A day in the life of MFAA students
Three students from the 2015 academy describe their artistic journeys in hopes to inspire others to join them for 2016.
Maura Shimmens wakes up nearly three hours before her first class begins. Sometimes she goes for coffee with other students, but most days she finds a peaceful place to be alone, meditate on what she’s learning and get ready for a day of constant interactions and performances.
Shimmens, soon to be a junior at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City, Missouri, is more than 130 miles from home living among 93 other high school juniors and seniors she’d never met. She’s soaking in the experiences at MFAA, and it’s transforming her, she said.
“Before I came here, I was slowly losing confidence. I’m learning how to not forget that I’m valid in whatever I do. I’m learning to not only show others how confident I am, but show myself.”
MFAA is a three-week summer residential program for highly motivated student artists in visual arts, theatre, dance, creative writing and music. The academy, which celebrated its 20th year last summer, offers an intensive schedule of classes in interdisciplinary and discipline-specific arts, and a wide range of co-curricular activities.
Art from an interdisciplinary perspective
The interdisciplinary aspect is key, said former MFAA Director Ray Castrey, who has been with the program for all of its 20 years, starting as a part-time teacher after the academy’s inception in 1995.
“It is probably the most difficult to implement, but I have a pretty strong feeling that it is the most important part.”
Baylor Barnes, a senior at Springfield’s Parkview High School, can attest to its powerful effect. He came to MFAA with a focus in theatre, but he found a passion for painting, an art form he previously thought he was terrible at: “Growing up, I thought, ‘I can’t draw. I can’t paint. I can’t do anything like that.’”
Barnes had five paintings in the works by the middle of the program’s second week.
“There’s no such things as bad art. I guess that’s one of the biggest things that I’ve learned,” he said.
Leah Sutherlin will be a senior at McCluer North High School in Florissant, Missouri. She said her friends recommended she come to MFAA, and she’s glad she did.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to get to know other people and their backgrounds, and incorporate their knowledge with yours. You learn a lot from the students. The teachers, too, but the students are the really big teachers in the program.”
Watch 2007 MFAA alum Taylor Louderman as Wendy in NBS’s broadcast of “Peter Pan Live!” A sneak peak is available online.
At their annual conference in September, the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri awarded their coveted New Teacher of the Year award to MFAA’s own Melissa Harper.
Melissa was recognized for her accomplishments in her first year as West Plains High School’s theatre instructor, which included her Zizzer Theatre students advancing to the state competition for both One Act Play and Reader’s Theatre. Kudos to Melissa and her students!
Visual Artists, Musicians, Actors, Dancers, and Writers
- Experience three intensive weeks of classes, workshops, and performances in interdisciplinary and discipline-specific arts.
- Collaborate with distinguished faculty, guest artists, and educators to explore the arts from new perspectives and be part of the cultural community that is MFAA.
- Connect with other artists and make friendships that last a lifetime.
The 2013 Missouri Fine Arts Academy will be in session June 9 – 29, 2013 on the campus of Missouri State University. Current high school sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. The application and more information is available at: http://www.missouristate.edu/mfaa/apply.htm.
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Deadline for applications is December 7, 2012.
Check out this awesome video created by a former MFAA student!
I dream about the Academy sometimes, both from being on staff and a student. I can’t decide where I learned more. I think the Academy, with the interdisciplinary events especially, really plants a seed in good artists.— Ian Merrigan, MFAA 1999, Resident Assistant 2003, Theatre Faculty 2010