Three Stephens College School of Creative and Performing Arts students, Sarah Martin ’19, Erika Martinez ’19 and Hope Pena ’19, attended the Citizens for the Arts Day on Feb. 6 at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. This year marked the fourth time the School of Creative and Performing Arts participated in the event that is annually hosted by Missouri Citizens for the Arts (MCA).

“We are teaching our students to be effective advocates, a lifelong skill,” said Dean Gail Humphries Mardirosian. “All artists must learn to be advocates for their discipline and for the power of the arts.”

Prior to their visit, the Stephens students became informed advocates, learning important data and funding numbers that support the need for the arts.

“They are passionate when they talk to the lawmakers but also they know the data that stands behind that passion,” Mardirosian said.

In addition to meeting with state legislators Sen. Caleb Rowden and Rep. Martha Stevens, the students had the opportunity to participate in advocacy training and more.

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