Resident Arts is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.


Resident Arts is the premier agency dedicated to the professional development of artists in mid-Missouri. We believe it’s time to do away with the notion of the starving artist. People want to be engaged in the consumption and creation of art, and they want goods and services created by artists. As a successful artist, you will not be “discovered”, you will work your butt off, you will hustle, you will have to be an entrepreneur, an activist, a mentor, and a perpetual student.

We offer programs from one-on-one career coaching to affordable cooperative studio space. Our classes and workshops are designed to teach practical skills in all aspects of working artists lives. Our residency programs are designed to help artists forge relationships and to support the artistic and business development of young and emerging artists so that they can build their talents right here in mid-Missouri. We strongly believe that Columbia and the surrounding areas will benefit from a rich and diverse creative workforce.

We recently added artist talks and exhibitions to our offerings and through these we will hold a space for the experimental and socially activated work of young and emerging local artists. It is our hope and our goal that the partnerships we create with our community’s other academic and charitable organizations will build our impact and weave our work into the fabric of Columbia’s infrastructure.

In 2016, Resident Arts touched the lives of nearly 2,000 individuals in and around Columbia as we doubled down our efforts to engage the entire mid-Missouri region. We expanded our outreach for the After-school Teen Artist Residency to over 30 high-schools throughout mid-Missouri and have built relationships with the universities and colleges in which most of our young artists are deeply involved. In 2017 we will deepen our work and our impact by adding support staff and expanding our board of directors.

Resident Arts provides services, but we are also a growing collaborative community of artists who share knowledge and resources. We invite you to visit us to see what we’re up to! We hold regular open hours and regular free public events, more information can be found on our calendar page.


Monetary donations are always welcome, we accept cash, credit card, and checks or you can donate through PayPal with the button below. Unrestricted funds help sustain our work by supporting our day-to-day expenses, it may not be the most glamorous way to give, but these funds are often the hardest to come by, so really they are some of the most beneficial.

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If you can’t give funds, we are open to donations of art supplies and other in-kind goods, here is a list of in-kind goods we need:


  • paint – acrylic, oil, watercolor, tempra, gouche etc.
  • brushes for all types of paint
  • disposable palettes or palette paper
  • watercolor paper – any size
  • drawing paper – any size
  • sketchbooks – any size
  • canvas, stretched and unstretched
  • sewing materials: fabric, thread, yard, needles, pins
  • kneaded erasers
  • graphite or charcoal pencils


  • white printer paper 11 x 17 and 8.5 x 11
  • envelopes
  • stamps
  • pencils


  • artist books for library
  • art and visually interesting magazines
  • paper towels
  • tissues
  • cleaning supplies
  • trash and recycling bags

If you think you might have something to give, please email Madeleine LeMieux.

Thank you to our generous supporters!