ABOUT THE MISsouri arts council
Supporting the Arts for All Missouri
The Missouri Arts Council is the state agency dedicated—as public leader, partner, and catalyst—to broadening the growth, availability, and appreciation of the arts in Missouri and fostering the diversity, vitality, and excellence of Missouri’s communities, economy, and cultural heritage. The grants we award make possible quality arts programming to communities both large and small throughout the state. We provide grants to arts projects that meet our strategic goals:
In addition to funding, we provide technical assistance in community development, fundraising, marketing, grant writing, arts education, artistic disciplines (visual arts, music, literature, theater, dance, festivals, and film/media) and more.
We allocate funding to arts organizations based on the recommendations of volunteer advisory panels that review the applications from the organizations seeking grants. The panels consider the applicants’ artistic quality, community outreach and support, and management ability.
Our Commitment to Cultural Equity
A core value of the Missouri Arts Council is to celebrate Missouri’s cultural richness and diversity. All Missourians deserve to benefit from public investments in the arts. To support a full creative life for all, the Missouri Arts Council commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible state.
Missouri Arts Council board, December 2018, revised June 2020
Council and Trust
The Missouri Arts Council board consists of volunteer citizens from across the state who provide direction in policy making and programmatic oversight. The board meets three times a year to review panel recommendations, develop statewide programs and initiatives, and consider arts-related issues that affect the state.
The Missouri Arts Council Trust (commonly known as the Missouri Cultural Trust), founded by the state legislature in 1993, provides a vehicle for the state to fund the Missouri Arts Council with general appropriations. The Trust also provides the matching funds for the federal money received from the National Endowment for the Arts. Subject to appropriation, the Trust is funded by the income tax on non-resident professional athletes and entertainers (A&E tax). The Trust is governed by the members of the Missouri Arts Council board and five elected officials: the State Treasurer, two members of the Missouri Senate, and two members of the Missouri House of Representatives.
Join our board
If you, or someone you know, would like to be considered for an appointment by the Governor to the Missouri Arts Council board, please complete this online form.
Council and Trust Board Members
Sharon Beshore, chair, Joplin
Lois Brace, vice chair, Mexico
Vicki Bean, Gideon
Mark Coulter, Kansas City
Consuelo Cruz, Kansas City
Paul Felsch, St. Louis
Patricia Macdonald, Kansas City
Kaitlyn McConnell, Springfield
Nathan Nickolaus, Jefferson City
Chris Pieper, Columbia
Nola Ruth, Columbia
David Schlafly, St. Louis
Ann Scott, St. Louis
Trust Board Members
State Treasurer Vivek Malek
573-751-8533 | email@example.com
Senator John Rizzo, District 11, Kansas City
573-751-3074 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Caleb Rowden, District 19, Columbia
573-751-3931 | email@example.com
Representative Brenda Shields, District 11, Buchanan County and parts of Platte County
201 W. Capitol Ave.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Keiko C. Ishida
• Established Institutions
• Media Arts
• Mid-Sized Arts Organizations
• Visual Arts
Public Information Coordinator
• Featured Artists
• Social Media
• Email Communications
• News Media
• Express Community Touring
• Express Project
• Missouri Touring Performers Directory
• Organizations of Color
Arts Education Specialist
• Arts Education Grants for PK-12 Schools and Nonprofit Organizations
– Big Yellow School Bus
– Improving Arts Education
– Professional Development
– School Touring
Special Initiatives Coordinator
• Arts and Aging
• Arts and the Military
• Council and Trust Boards
• Missouri Arts Awards
• Missouri Poet Laureate
• Poetry Out Loud
Missouri Folk Arts Program
The Missouri Arts Council’s folk arts program is administered under the auspices of the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri–Columbia.