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Statewide C.A.R.D. project touted as way to bring artists together

Tuesday, November 27, 2001

SIKESTON - Most artists will tell you the key to

success is visibility, and a new statewide project

will do one better than that.

The C.A.R.D. project, Creative Artist Resource

Directory, is a comprehensive listing of Missourians

who are individuals or groups working in the arts and

art-related services.

Coordinated by the Missouri Association of Community

Arts Agencies, the project is designed to create on

online directory, pair artists and communities to

create art projects, provide networking and workshops

for artists and create a touring roster.

"This is very exciting for our local artists and art

agencies," said Terry Matthews, Sikeston Missouri Arts

administrator. "It is a way for local artists to get

exposure and for art agencies to find area artists to

employ for their particular need."

The directory will include visual, performing, and

literary artists as individuals and groups, as well as

listing technical experts such as theater directors

and visual art judges.

The project is funded by the Missouri Arts Council and

National Endowment for the Arts.

"This project has been a long time dream of many art

directors and communities," noted Matthews. "It will

increase the capacity of existing small agencies and

address the needs of individual artists. Speaking from

my experience as an art administrator, I spend a lot

of time trying to find artists for SMARTS, Inc. to

come to Sikeston. When planning for the Cotton

Festival of the Arts and for other programs for

children in our public schools, the C.A.R.D. program

will have the artists already listed in the directory

to contact. This saves time and headache for people

needing a certain artist or program."

Matthews said the directory will be readily available

throughout the state to be used as a reference guide

for anyone in need of an artist. It will include

Missouri artists' phone numbers, addresses and email

sites for public or private events like the Cotton

Festival of the Arts and the Dogwood Azalea Festival.

"I have already been to the website many times," said

Matthews. "This will help me be able to find a better

selection of artists and artisan crafters to come to

our area. Also, the more artists who find out about

this opportunity, the more visibility they will have.

This will make community festivals more culturally

diverse.

"There are so many different areas of art that

sometimes the public doesn't think about," she said

mentioning visual artists like baskets weavers, those

who do caricatures, digital design as well as artists

who work with fiber, graphic, porcelain and video.

"The C.A.R.D. project will increase awareness of the

art already available in our surrounding communities.

We have metropolitan areas where art such as dance,

literature, music and theater can be sought out to

help teach us more diversity. If an art teacher wanted

to have a workshop for the art class on ceramics she

could go to www.MACAA.net and find area artists in

this field to come and do a demonstration for the

class," Matthews said.

To be included in the directory or for more

information access the website at MACAA.net or contact

Kristi Kittleson, project coordinator, at 417-882-3717

or via email at kris497094@aol.com

There is no cost to be part of the initial directory.