The Mission of the Columbia Art League is to provide the community with a stimulating environment for experiencing the visual arts through exhibitions, education, appreciation, promotion and creation of art.
Volunteers staff the gallery, as well as assist in special events. It is the generosity of these volunteers that allows the Columbia Art League to provide much of its community programming. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please contact us for more information.
The Columbia Art League is a member organization that fosters high quality arts education at affordable rates by providing a variety of classes, seminars and workshops throughout the year. Scholarships are available for some programs. Classes are taught by experienced instructors and professional artists.
Classes for children, teens and adults vary each term and can include: drawing; painting with oils, acrylics, or watercolors; mixed media; sculpture; basketry; mask making; beading; photography; jewelry; and more.
Summer Art Camps offered for 9 weeks in June, July and August each year for children ages 5-14. Take a Class
Community Exhibits Program places original art in public buildings and businesses around the city. See Exhibitions
Art in the Park is an annual fine arts and fine crafts festival that takes place the first full weekend in June each year. The festival welcomes 110 artists from across the United States to show and sell their artworks over the 2-day event. The festival is free to the public and also includes family entertainment, strolling magicians, an acoustic music stage, art installations, children's art making tent, display of work by Boone County High School artists, a food court and more. The Columbia Art League has organized the event since 1959. For more information, see Art in the Park, or call 573-443-8838.
The Columbia Art League is sustained financially by individuals and corporate memberships. Some programs are funded in part through grant awards from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs; and the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau.