P.O. Box 6015
300 S. Providence
Columbia, MO 65205
The Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is a department of the City of Columbia whose mission is to create an environment where artists and cultural organizations thrive by advancing and supporting the arts for the benefit of the citizens of Columbia.
In addition to initiating or supporting a variety of arts and culture programs, the OCA administers the city’s Percent for Art program, which allows for 1% of the cost of new city construction or renovation over $1 million to be used for site-specific public art, as well as overseeing funding programs for local arts and cultural organizations.
In order to increase OCA’s funding impact, city planners created the Columbia Arts Fund (CAF) in 2012 with an initial $10,000 establishing gift at the Community Foundation of Central Missouri.
The CAF is an arts endowment fund created by the City of Columbia to provide resources to individuals and organizations that foster practice, education, accessibility, and appreciation of the arts for the benefit of the citizens of Columbia.
It is a perpetual revenue source that will augment funds distributed to arts agencies by the city through OCA as well as potentially provide resources for future OCA projects in the areas of nonprofit capacity building or additional public art.
The CAF is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Central Missouri and, therefore, is not a part of the city budget.
Creating an arts endowment fund that is separate from the city budget ensures that there is a permanent source of revenue for our arts agencies for general funding. Funds at the Community Foundation are pooled together for investment purposes and take advantage of an economy of scale principle and generally earn higher rates of return.
Sustainability. It’s that simple. Our community has an opportunity to contribute to an arts funding tool that will affect our children, our grandchildren, and beyond. An arts endowment is about impact. Supporting clusters of arts businesses and organizations helps to contribute to the economic vitality of our community by increasing tourism and by attracting new businesses and corporations to settle in our community. Affecting not only quality of life but also economic health and public safety.
Columbia, like other cities across the country, has used public art to reduce crime and violence by creating spaces where people congregate for positive community activities. The CAF is an investment toward quality of life, organizational sustainability, and community prosperity.
Contributing to the CAF allows patrons to have impact upon the broad spectrum of the arts and culture scene in Columbia.
During the 2014 fiscal year, the OCA helped fund 19 programs and organizations, including:
Talking Horse Productions, Maplewood Barn, Columbia Entertainment Company, TRYPS, and PACE theatre productions
Art in the Park and gallery exhibitions for the Columbia Art League
The Columbia Chorale, Columbia Civic Orchestra, and the Columbia Community Band concert seasons
The Missouri Symphony’s Hot Summer Nights and their summer conservatory
Community outreach and special needs classes for the School of Service – Access Arts
The True/False Film Fest, “We Always Swing” Jazz Series, Odyssey Chamber Music Series, and University Concert Series
With additional funding for small requests, the OCA distributed nearly $97,000 to arts and culture organizations in FY14 but so much more is needed.
These are just a few programs that the OCA currently helps to fund for our community. By investing in a long-term endowment, we will be able to not only help these programs grow but also be able to help incubate new artists and organizations.
You can contact the OCA office directly, contact the Community Foundation of Central Missouri, or you can make a donation online through the Community Foundation’s website. The CAF is a 501(c)(3) entity, so your donation may be tax deductible depending upon your financial status.
The City of Columbia Commemorative Poster is intended to reflect the vitality and beauty of mid-Missouri and the significance of the arts within our community. Funds raised by the Poster Party for the Arts go toward the Columbia Arts Fund, an arts endowment fund established at the Community Foundation of Central Missouri intended to augment annual funding to arts and culture organizations.
Columbia’s support for local arts programming is more essential than ever. Please join us for this special event that celebrates the arts. You will get the opportunity to see this year’s poster unveiled as well as mingle with representatives from city-funded arts agencies at the first public event in Memorial Stadium’s new East Tower.
Contact the city's Office of Cultural Affairs at (573) 874-6386 by August 25.
Payment accepted by check or credit card.
Contact OCA at (573) 874-6386 or OCA@GoColumbiaMo.com