Education

Missouri Artisans Association

  • Columbia, MO
  • http://www.bestofmissourihands.org

Mission Statement

Dedicated to the development and recognition of Missouri's artists and artisans through education, interaction and encouragement.  Members strive to educate on all levels and to raise public awareness of and interest in handmade visual arts in Missouri.

Main Programs

  1. ArtSmart Conference
  2. Celebrating Creativity Exhibition
  3. ARTstravaganza!
  4. Continuing Education Scholarship Program
  5. Visiting Artist Program

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Service Areas

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Missouri

General membership is open to anyone; juried membership serves Missouri residents

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Michelle Mike Ochonicky

Keywords

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art, craft, artist, craftsman, education, handmade, visual arts

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EIN

43-1507492

 Number

0174750122

Also Known As

The Best of Missouri Hands

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Assisting artists is the cornerstone of Missouri Artisans Association, better known as The Best of Missouri Hands (BOMH).  Members particpate in various local, regional and national educational events which promote interest in and awareness of Missouri's art and craft heritage. The supporting culture of BOMH promotes creativity and skill development. The annual ArtSmart Conference features nationally recognized speakers, networking opportunities and a venue for sharing ideas and experiences for artists and arts enthusiasts.

Programs

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Program 1

ArtSmart Conference

The annual ArtSmart Conference features nationally recognized speakers, educational sessions, hands-on workshops, networking opportunities and a venue for sharing ideas and experiences of interest to artists and arts enthusiasts.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 2

Celebrating Creativity Exhibition

Celebrating Creativity is an exhibition of visual art, open to the public, presented in collaboration with William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 3

ARTstravaganza!

Annual exhibition of art and fine craft held in St. Louis, Missouri, free and open to the public. Artists are present to educate the public about the visual art presented. Exhibiting artists also make classroom visits to area schools.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$11,000.00

Program 4

Continuing Education Scholarship Program

Scholarships are provided to assist artists in continuing or expanding their artistic education. Artists with financial needs may also apply for scholarships to assist with attendance fees for the annual educational ArtSmart Conference.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$1,200.00

Program 5

Visiting Artist Program

Professional, working artists are available to make classroom visits to elementary, middle or high schools and colleges to discuss their artwork, training/education, and to encourage careers in the arts.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$2,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

General membership is open to anyone; juried membership serves Missouri residents

Funding Needs

Missouri Artisans Association strives to maintain low membership dues to keep membership open to artists of all financial levels. Donations and grants are needed to keep those dues low and to enable Missouri Artisans Association to continue its excellence in programming.

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Missouri Artisans Association

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Principal Officer

Michelle Mike Ochonicky

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Missouri Artisans Association understands the arts. Through our many programs we endeavor to promote and raise public awareness of the visual arts created in Missouri.  Our members demonstrate, educate and interact to share Missouri’s tremendous legacy of art and fine craft. I encourage you to support Missouri Artisans Association’s efforts through membership and donation. We offer a membership or donation level to suit every budget. As a 501c3 organization, every tax-deductible penny is appreciated and used to further the arts in our state.

Missouri Artisans Association also understands artists. We’re artists ourselves and know what it’s like to work alone. Sometimes it’s difficult to locate supplies, to know how to best display work, to find the right shows and exhibitions, to further education, to generate fresh ideas, to take work to the next level. 

There’s no need to “go it alone.” The Best of Missouri Hands offers the helping hand artists and artisans need along the creative journey. The organization reaches out to provide strong support for artists in the form of information, education, networking, and so much more."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Peggy King

Snow Flake Glass

Term: Jan 2010 - Dec 2010

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