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Missouri Arts Council 
815 Olive Street, Suite 16 
St. Louis, MO 63101-1503 
Main number 314-340-6845 or toll-free 866-407-4752 
TDD 800-735-2966 
Fax 314-340-7215 
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Council and Trust
The Missouri Arts Council board consists of volunteer citizens from across the state, appointed by the Director of Department of Economic Development, to 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. Organizations receiving funding from the Missouri Arts Council are encouraged to add our board members to their mailing list.

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.
Missouri Arts Council and Trust Board Members
Nola Ruth, chair, Columbia 
Cynthia Cartwright, vice chair, Kansas City 
Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, St. Louis 
Sharon Beshore, Joplin 
Michael Burke, Kansas City
Marie Nau Hunter, Columbia
Marianne Kilroy, Kansas City 
Robert E. McAuliffe, St. Louis 
Dr. David C. Nichols, Kirksville 
Dr. Joel W. Ray, Cape Girardeau
Linda Brown Reed, St. Louis
Mark Sappington, Kansas City
Patt Ann Sharp, Kennett
David Carl Wilson, St. Louis

Trust Board Members
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel
Senator Joseph Keaveny, District 4, St. Louis
Senator Rob Schaaf, District 34, Platte and Buchanan Counties 
Representative Thomas Flanigan, District 163, Carthage
Representative Joshua Peters, District 76, St. Louis

To download a complete list with mailing addresses, click here.

Missouri Arts Council Staff

Director’s Office

Michael Donovan
Executive Director

Virginia R. Sanders
Executive Assistant
• Missouri Arts Awards Coordinator
• Poetry Out Loud Coordinator
• Arts Services Program Specialist  
• Accessibility Coordinator

Program Staff 

Julie Hale
Program Specialist
• Arts Education Program
  - Artist in Residence
  - Out of School
  - Professional Development
  - School Touring
  - Big Yellow School Bus 

Keiko C. Ishida
Program Specialist
• Electronic Media Arts
• Visual Arts
• Multidiscipline
• Established Institutions
• Mid-Sized Arts Organizations
• Public Art 

Barbara MacRobie
Public Information Coordinator

Donald Rice
Program Specialist
• Festivals
• Monthly Strategic Grant Program
• Minority Arts Program
• Accelerate 

Jim Riordan

Jill Tutt
Program Specialist
• Dance
• Literature
• Music
• Theater

Joan White
Grants Manager

Missouri Folk Arts Program

Lisa Higgins

Deborah Bailey
Folk Arts Specialist

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