Systemic and Collective Impact through Fine Arts Education

The Des Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative is dedicated to enhancing the quality, influence, attitudes, and accessibility of fine arts by connecting educators, artists, and performers with St Louis students. Special attention is given to underserved populations. The Collaborative is currently made up of 16 St. Louis area arts agencies and 17 St. Louis area school districts.

Community programs include educational fine arts outreach programs and concerts, student concerts, clinics, and masterclasses. The Collaborative also provides support for music educators throughout all career stages, offering professional development, facilitated mentoring support, and online resources.

Des Lee Sponsored Events and Meetings

From masterclasses and workshops to concerts and other fine arts programs, Des Lee Fine Arts Collaborative events are designed to enrich and engage the diverse communities that make up St. Louis.






Music Scholarships for Des Lee Students!
University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of Music is offering a $2000 scholarship to students of the E. Desmond Lee Collaborative who enroll in the UMSL Band, Choirs and Orchestra. This scholarship is for ensemble participation regardless of degree choice. The following is criteria for this scholarship eligibility:

Participation in the Des Lee High School Honors festival for two years.
Successful audition with the UMSL Music Department.
Successful application to the UMSL.
Enroll as a full time student at UMSL.
For additional information please contact Gary W. Brandes, 314.516.2263 or


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Participating Agencies

Des Lee Fine Arts Collaborative is partnered with some of St. Louis’ finest arts organizations to help produce some of the highest quality community arts programs serving the community.