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Missouri Arts Council

Nola Ruth

Nola Ruth retired eight years ago after 25 years in arts management. She served for 17 years as the director of the Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies, a statewide service organization that provides training and consultant services to arts councils including planning, program development and fundraising. Ruth has been an instructor for arts management institutes in South Dakota and Kansas and has consulted for various organizations in Illinois, Kansas and Kentucky. She began her career in nonprofit arts management as manager of a community radio station with 14 staff and 125 volunteers. Her volunteer experience includes being founding president of the Arts Resources Council, now the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Columbia. She was also founding president of the Statewide Community Arts Association, now the State Arts Action Network with Americans for the Arts. In both instances, responsibilities included planning, fundraising and program implementation. Ruth is a board member of Mid-America Arts Alliance. (Board term 2015-2020)