The International Art Materials Association (NAMTA) is the world’s largest association dedicated to promoting the art/creative materials industry. Members include retailers, manufacturers, distributors and importers from around the world. Our mission is to provide members with the products, services and information needed to grow and prosper.
Better Than Ever - Art Materials World 2014
Registration is now open for Art Materials World 2014, scheduled April 30 - May 2 in one of America’s most livable cities -- Pittsburgh.
"This year's event will be special because of NAMTA's partnership with the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA), "said NAMTA Executive Director, Reggie Hall. "CHA will be conducting a two and a half day Creative Retailer Retreat seminar Retreat prior to NAMTA's conference plus it will have a CHA Pavilion for its vendors on the show floor."
CHA will be holding a Creative Retailer Retreat prior to Art Materials World in Pittsburgh, an event focused entirely on teaching business skills through intense presentations, hands-on techniques through workshops and providing networking opportunities to retailers in our creative community. For more information visit In addition to highly interactive sessions covering social media, marketing, store/website layout, and more, the Retreat will also include hands-on workshops and networking events.
You can learn more here about the CHA Creative Retailer Retreat program, which starts April 28 and has a registration fee.
The NAMTA Membership Advantage
NAMTA provides its members with an advantage in the art/creative materials industry.
Hear from NAMTA Members!
To help its members better navigate through the wide range of "people issues" they face each day NAMTA has created the first in a series training manuals authored, reviewed and edited by art materials retailers.
Managing People addresses the core challenges faced every day by independent art materials retailers.
The manual contains a variety of sample forms to help you update your programs and it offers a wide range of suggestions and best practices. Click here for more >
Many of the industry’s most experienced and respected art material retailers have shared a little of their wisdom with NAMTA and you are the beneficiary. We asked these longtime retailers to tell us what three pieces of advice they’d give any art material retailer...especially those who weren’t as experienced.
NAMTA recently conducted a major piece of art material industry research and from it have been created 10 Business Tools designed to increase revenue, improve customer service and better manage your business. The Business Tools are free to members. Click here >