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MFAA 2016 students to attend for free!

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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.

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Missouri Fine Arts Academy now accepting non-Missouri applicants

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.

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Merit-based scholarships available

MFAA is now offering a small number of merit-based scholarships for 2016. There is no additional paperwork for eligibility; all applicants are considered for these scholarships.

If you are interested in sponsoring a student in your name or your organization’s name, for MFAA 2016, please contact us at mfaa@missouristate.edu.

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MFAA 2016 program fees announced

Program fees for the 2016 Missouri Fine Arts Academy are as follows:

Full Program Fee= $1,000

*Level 1 Scholarship= $250
**Level 2 Scholarship= $500

*Level 1 Scholarship students qualify for Free Lunch under Missouri guidelines for 2015-2016.
**Level 2 Scholarship students qualify for Reduced Lunch under Missouri guidelines for 2015-2016.

The program fee includes all meals and accommodations, supplies, special events, performances and exhibits. All students who complete the program receive three credit hours (IDS101) of college credit transferable to any university.

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Governor Nixon withholds funding of 2016 Missouri Fine Arts 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.

 

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MFAA students gain new artistic perspectives

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.

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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.”

RayCastrey3MFAA 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.”

BaylorBarnes_webBaylor 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.

LeahSutherlin_webLearning from one another

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.”

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