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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 
moarts@ded.mo.gov  

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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 
Carol Gregg, Chillicothe 
Joan M. Israelite, Lee's Summit 
Marianne Kilroy, Kansas City 
Robert E. McAuliffe, St. Louis 
Dr. David C. Nichols, Kirksville 
Dr. Joel W. Ray, Cape Girardeau
Mark Sappington, Kansas City

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

Beverly Strohmeyer
Executive Director
314-340-7539
bev.strohmeyer@ded.mo.gov  

Michael Donovan
Assistant Director
• Community Arts Program
• Missouri Touring Program
• Missouri Touring Performers 
314-340-4740
michael.donovan@ded.mo.gov

Virginia R. Sanders
Executive Assistant
• Missouri Arts Awards Coordinator
• Poetry Out Loud Coordinator
• Arts Services Program Specialist  
• Accessibility Coordinator
314-340-6851
virginia.sanders@ded.mo.gov 

 
Program Staff 

Julie Hale
Program Specialist
• Arts Education Program
  - Artist in Residence
  - Out of School
  - Professional Development
  - School Touring
  - Big Yellow School Bus 
314-340-6853
julie.hale@ded.mo.gov  

Keiko C. Ishida
Program Specialist
• Electronic Media Arts
• Visual Arts
• Multidiscipline
• Established Institutions
• Mid-Sized Arts Organizations
• Public Art 
314-340-6859
keiko.ishida@ded.mo.gov  

Barbara MacRobie
Public Information Coordinator
314-340-6852
barbara.macrobie@ded.mo.gov

Donald Rice
Program Specialist
• Festivals
• Monthly Strategic Grant Program
• Minority Arts Program
• Capacity Building 
314-340-6854
donald.rice@ded.mo.gov

Jill Williams
Program Specialist
• Dance
• Literature
• Music
• Theater 
314-340-6857
jill.williams@ded.mo.gov
 
Joan White
Grants Manager
314-340-6855
joan.white@ded.mo.gov
 
Jim Riordan
Accountant
jim.riordan@ded.mo.gov

Wanda Simms
Account Clerk II 
314-340-6848
wanda.simms@ded.mo.gov 


Missouri Folk Arts Program
mofolkarts.missouri.edu

Lisa Higgins
Director
573-882-6296
higginsll@missouri.edu

Deborah Bailey
Folk Arts Specialist
573-882-3653 
baileyda@missouri.edu



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