Systemic and Collective Impact through 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.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

JazzU Showcase Concert

December 12 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm


Des Lee and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

During the 2015 summer session the E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative again joined with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to provide professional development opportunities for music educators from area elementary, middle and high schools. Held in the Music Building on campus, the sessions focused on preparing teachers to use the national “Music! Words! Opera” program as a means of delivering the general music curriculum.


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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.