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The International Art Materials Association - NAMTA® is dedicated to promoting the art/creative materials industry. Members include retailers, manufacturers, distributors, importers, and independent reps from around the world. NAMTA's mission is to provide members with the products, services and information needed to grow and prosper.  NAMTA's Board of Directors

Retail Operations Manuals

Free-for-members - click here

Business Plan:  Volume 4  
NAMTA introduces a new Retail Operations Manual that has been created to be continually utilized.

our business plan is not a one-time exercise. 

While the first time that you create your Business Plan will likely be the most intense, re-reading and tweaking it annually is necessary to keep it relevant and useful. Each year there are likely to be changes to the retail landscape: new niches of retail open up; competition moves in and out of your trade area; art trends change. NAMTA members click here to read this new Retail Operations Manual.

Merchandising: Volume 3  Merchandising  Written specifically for art materials retailers includes target marketing, selecting vendors, shipping issues and costs, planograms, inventory control, managing your product mix, pricing strategies, and working with sales representatives.

Advertising and Marketing: Volume 2  Create a marketing plan and shape your brand, determine how much you should be investing in advertising and marketing, set up an annual advertising and marketing calendar to maximize your return on that investment, determine strengths and weaknesses of traditional media, and more.

Managing People: Volume I  Topics include placing an ad for a job opening, the application, the Interview and the selection process of new employees, plus employee handbooks, policies and procedures reviews, incentives, and staff education.

Art Materials World 

Thank you to everyone who came to Salt Lake City to enjoy and participate in Art Materials World 2017! 

2017 Show Awards

2017 Photo Album

Art Materials World 2018 Dallas, Texas will be a unique opportunity for art materials dealers and suppliers from around the world to connect. 

Reserve your 2018 booth today
Contact Rick Munisteri with questions.

eNEWS - April 26th 
eNewsletter for NAMTA members featuring industry, membership, and member news. NAMTA members can submit company news for eNEWS. See past issues.

The Palette - April 19th
eNewsletter available to all interested with an e-Subscription, this is a colorful collection of art and industry news from websites & publications. See past issues.

Art Advocacy NEWS - April 2017
NAMTA Art Advocacy NEWS eNewsletter is mailed quarterly to all interested. If a friend or colleague has forwarded you this email, you can sign up here to receive Art Advocacy News by email quarterly.  See past issues.

April Update

Something to think about . . .
 Member Advertising Opportunities.

 Artists Survey Results: Results from over 6,000 US and Canadian artists that can help you shape your business and have a better understanding of the needs, desires, trends and thoughts of your customers. 

Artists and Art Materials Market Summary: The only data available on 2015 size and growth of the art materials market in the US and Canada. Includes data on market size, number of artists, and growth from 2012-14. 

Retail Survey Results: Get the results of a 2015 survey of 150 art materials retailers in the USA and Canada: core financial metrics, growth trends, product trends, marketing and business best practices, challenges, and feedback for suppliers.

Studies were independently conducted in 2009, 2012, and 2015. They are the ONLY current national survey of artists in the USA and Canada. Studies are FREE for NAMTA members.



NAMTA members have an advantage in the art and creative materials industry - the products, services, networking and information they need to grow and prosper.

The Resource Advantage       The Networking Advantage      The Savings Advantage



Visit MITRAthe NEW website about Materials Information and Technical Resources for Artists - and all who are interested.

Art Advocacy

Supporting the Arts is a key objective for NAMTA members and the Art Advocacy website helps them find the resources and tools they need to address a wide range of Art Advocacy issues that can develop in their community. You can show your support by displaying the NAMTA Art Advocacy Logo and the link to www.NamtaArtAdvocacy.org on your website and in your newsletters. 

Art Advocacy in Canada
Canadian News and  Canadian Resources on namtaartadvocacy.org.

We Want To Hear From You

Complete the NAMTA Art Advocacy Survey and if you are a NAMTA member, we'll mail you a lapel pin.


FREE Posters


Two colorful and informative posters.
Download and print for you, your customers, schools, and/or art organizations.

Art Matters

T-Shirts - Pins - Mugs

Purchase Art Matters Items.