Josie Mai is an artist and educator from Kansas City. A former resident of the Joplin area, she taught at MSSU, Pitt State, and Joplin High, and volunteered and directed Spiva Center for the Arts. She received her Bachelor of Art Education at KU and a Master of Fine Arts at Parsons the New School for Design. Currently she resides in Liberty, Missouri. Her partner of ten years, Lance, is always encouraging her dreams. 3 dogs (Maya, Kiowa, and Zuni) and 3 chickens (Rosie, Bella, and Pepper) complete the family.



University of Kansas                                   BAE                            1994 (Art Education)

Parsons the New School of Design            MFA                            2005 (Studio Art)




K-12 Art in Kansas

K-12 Art in Missouri




National Art Education Association                                                                  2005-current

Kansas Art Education Association                                                                   2014-current

Missouri Art Education Association                                                                  2005-2013

Joplin Regional Artists Coalition                                                                       2015-2018



M-AAA’s Artist Inc. Spring Cohort                                                                     2022

Charlotte Street Foundation Rocket Relief Grant                                             2021

AirBnB’s 100 Cooks with David Chang                                                             2020

Artistic Innovations Grant Mid-America Arts Alliance                                       2017

Pittsburg State University Summer Faculty Fellowship                                    2015

Kansas Art Education Association Faculty Conference Grant                         2014

Power of Art Conference Attendee with Rauschenberg Foundation                2013

Co-Writer of $20,000 NEA grant for ArtWorkers exhibit                                   2013

MSSU Faculty Development Research Grant                                                  2011-2013

Missouri Campus Compact Grant Recipient                                                    2006

Millay Colony Artist Residency                                                                         2003



Roeland Park Arts Advisory Committee                                                          2020-2021

Joplin Rotary                                                                                                   2016-2017

Joplin Chamber of Commerce Cultural Affairs Committee                             2016-2017

Board Member of Connect2Culture, Joplin                                                     2016-2017

Joplin Artfest Committee, Joplin                                                                      2016-2017

Pittsburg State Museum of Art, Chair Education Committee                          2015-2016

Pittsburg State Museum of Art, Collection and Exhibition Committees           2015-2016

Kansas Art Education Association Fall Conference Planning Committee.     2014-2015

Educational Consultant, Joplin Public Schools                                               2012-2013

George Washington Carver Judge for 4th Grade Art and Essay Contes t      2006-2013

Spiva Center for the Arts, Board Member, Vice Pres, Secretary                    2006-2013

Spiva Center for the Arts, Chair Education Committee                                   2009-2015

Missouri Arts Awards Selection Committee Member                                      2012