Meet Your Federal Arts Advocacy Captain

Ben Martin

Ben Martin is happy to be back for his 14th National Arts Action Summit.  He taught and directed theatre in Missouri for 34 years before retiring in the spring of 2010 from the Lee’s Summit School District.  He served many years on the Boards of Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri (President 1987), Missouri State Thespians and the national board of the Educational Theatre Association.  Martin is an active advocate for arts education programs and served as Executive Director for the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education until he re-retired in July 2020

Among his honors, he is proud to include the 2020 Missouri Arts Council Arts Education Award, memberships in 4 different ‘Halls of Fame’ in education and the Arts.  At the local level, he was also the Lee’s Summit School District Teacher of the Year in 2003 and recognized by the local Chamber of Commerce with a Lifetime Membership Award.  His greatest honors are still being the husband of Roxanne and father of Mary Beth and Jennifer.  

Favorite Art Form: Theatre

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