Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to our community. Your support and generosity this last year has been tremendous to say the very least. And a big shout out to the So. Boone Chamber of Commerce for selecting our organization as Rookie of the Year. We are deeply honored!
So here's what you have helped us accomplish in 2016:
First and foremost we were able to open a community art center in Ashland one year earlier than we planned, due to generous donations and a very willing landlady that helped us get started. Thanks, Kay! After a whirlwind of scrubbing, painting, installing (and eating a fair share of dog hairs) the Gallery and Art Center opened in April.
We launched an After School Art Program and Summer Art Camp with the help of local SOBOCO teacher Meagan Cooper (we love you!). We had a participation of over 50 kids! We have had numerous adult classes in painting, pottery, and mosaics. And our Sunday Fundays have been very popular, proving that there is an artist inside everyone! We hosted our first Plein Air Workshop with mid-Missouri award-winning painter Lorrain McFarland. And we awarded another $500 scholarship to a So. Boone High School student who is currently pursuing a BFA.
We have 10-12 local artist that regularly display work in our sales gallery and we've sold over $3,000.00 in original art so far this year. Three artist currently use our studio spaces. We hosted our first 5K Walk/Run and our membership bas has expanded from 13 to 50.
There are lots of fun plans for 2017. We are expanding our class offerings to include a day class starting in February. Sunday Fundays are shaping up to be even more fun with "Happy Trees" (painting Bob Ross style), "The Art of Making Penny Rugs" (an old Colonial style rug making), "Fanciful Flamingos" and much more. We are starting a mentoring/resident artist program for local students and will be offering after school workshops monthly in alliance with the YMCA's After School Program. We are also hosting Community Art Nights on Wednesday evenings, which is an open studio/social art kind of thing.
As a non-profit organization, our mission is on bringing a wide variety of art opportunities to our community. And we do this all with volunteers, which is amazing. But we still need your support to help these programs grow. So don't stop being the generous, supportive and wonderful community that you have shown yourselves to be. We love all of you!
On behalf of a wonderful and dedicated board of directors, thanks!
Tracy Eichhorn, Board President