August 2018                            

The International Art Materials Association (NAMTA) supports and advocates for the Visual and Creative Arts. With this eNewsletter and, Namta creates awareness of how its members and other organizations support art in their communities and businesses and with resources and news. NAMTA has partnered with organizations who are dedicated to Art Advocacy in many aspects of legislative issues, funding, and art education and helps these organizations spread the word on the current issues and how you can make your voice heard. 


NAMTA partners with Americans for the Arts whose mission is to build recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and to lead, serve, and advance the diverse networks of organizations and individuals who cultivate the arts in America, and with Americans for the Arts Action Fund, a national arts advocacy organization dedicating 100% of their time, money, and political clout to advancing the arts in America with a mission is to mobilize one million citizens to join them in support of the arts and arts education around the country.

Give the Arts Day - October 11

Add Give the Arts Day 2018 on October 11 to your calendar, when Americans for the Arts will join forces with supporters to celebrate the power of the arts and arts education across the country, making a difference for the arts.

Here are a few ways you can help Americans for the Arts for Give the Arts Day:
  • Contribute on October 11
  • Cheer us on through social media with #GiveTheArts
  • Help spread the word (and the excitement!) by sharing with your friends
Don't miss the big day! and get ready to make a difference for the arts.

2019 Arts Advocacy Day - March 4-5

Interested in meeting with your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators in Washington, D.C. and gaining the latest arts advocacy training?  Mark your calendars to join Americans for the Arts for Arts Advocacy Day as part of the National Arts Action Summit on March 4-5, 2019!  Registration will open later this fall, so stay tuned!

2018 Arts Advocacy Day Video -  check it out here.

In the News

In early August the U.S. Senate  just passed their Interior Appropriations bill for FY 2019 including $155 million for both the NEA - National Endowment for the Arts, and the NEH - National Endowment for the Humanities! The final vote was a resounding 92-6 in favor. U.S. Senate Interior Subcommittee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) expressed her full support for the NEA and NEH on the Senate floor ensuring "that the National Endowment[s] for the Arts and Humanities receives the level of support that I believe is important." 

Arts Action Fund President & CEO Bob Lynch submitted a comment to ArtNet News stating:  “I am very pleased that the U.S. Senate matched the House-set funding level of $155 million each for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. The final vote, a resounding 92-6 in favor, is a result of years of arts advocacy by many partners, artists, and state and local arts leaders, along with the 400,000 citizen activist members of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, who have all worked with members of Congress to share the importance of federal support. I am proud of the work that arts advocates have already accomplished together and the work to come. I also thank arts champion U.S. Senate Interior Subcommittee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for expressing her full support for the NEA and NEH on the Senate floor yesterday.”

See who belongs to the Congressional Arts Caucus - click here . . .
 . . . and the Senate Cultural Caucus - click here

Unsure who represents you?
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See the NEA Appropriations History here . . .

About the NEA

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more about NEA.

There’s only 4 months left in 2018, but it’s not too late to have a look at the 2018 Guide to the National Endowment for the Arts that provides details on the programs and activities that the NEA supports such as Literature Fellowships, Lifetime Honors, Grants and Partnerships.

Event News from a NAMTA Member

‘Artists & Mentors’ 2018 Exhibition

Celebrating Artists Who Teach, Inspire
and Enrich Students’ Lives

The Painting Center, Chelsea
September 4-29, 2018
Opening Reception September 6 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

‘Artists & Mentors’ is a group exhibition on view at The Painting Center in New York City featuring twelve painters who also teach and inspire students in the classroom. GOLDEN Artist Colors began working with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers nearly five years ago with an objective to recognize and showcase the talent of artists across the US who have also been recognized as mentors of their students - youth who recently received awards through Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  

The show will be on view from September 4 through September 29, 2018 at The Painting Center, 547 West 27th Street, Suite 500, New York, N.Y.  An opening reception will be held on September 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.  A full color catalog of the paintings in ‘Artists & Mentors' will be available. 

Annually since 2015, GOLDEN has supported the opportunity for three visual arts educators - chosen in conjunction with the Alliance and the National Art Education Association – to take part in a two-week residency at the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation Residency Program, located just down the road from Golden Artist Colors in upstate New York. These twelve artists recognized in ‘Artists & Mentors’ are some of the best of the best amongst art teachers in the US.

“What is exceptionally clear is that art teachers with a continuing artistic practice inspire students to achieve well beyond what the typical art students is able to accomplish,” said GOLDEN CEO, Mark Golden.  “These teachers who have been honored with a Residency all have teaching credentials that would be the envy of any school.  ‘Artists & Mentors’ seeks to honor these teaching artists with the recognition that their work deserves. It is no small feat to both teach a full-time schedule in our schools and to carry on a studio practice.  The show, curated by Jim Walsh, and with support from The Painting Center, allows us to share the talent of these amazing artists and educators.”

To learn more about ‘Artists & Mentors’, visit
For more information about Golden Artist Colors, go to
To read blogs about the artists, visit
For more information about the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, visit

A Very Good Resource


Materials Information and Technical Resources for Artists

NAMTA encourages the arts and artists communities to take a look at MITRA.

MITRA is an online resource inspired by the work of late NAMTA member Mark Gottsegen who had organized and implemented AMIEN - The Artist Materials Information Education Network - which  eventually disappeared after Mark’s passing.

MITRA is solely supported by donors, a list that includes many NAMTA members.

Canada In the News

Art and Money
from, April 2018

A recent study shows that the culture industries outpace sports in economic and jobs impact across Canada. Analyzing Statistics Canada’s Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators for 2016, the research firm Hill Strategies has found that the direct economic impact of culture industries in Canada - at $59.3 billion, or 3.1% of GDP - is eight times larger than the sports estimate of $7.2 billion.

“Similarly,” states the study, published in Arts Research Monitor,  “the jobs estimate for culture industries (704,000) is almost six times larger than the estimate for the sports sector (120,200).” In this study, the term “culture industries” includes audio-visual and interactive media, visual and applied arts, written and published works, live performance, heritage and libraries and sound recording as well as the fine arts.    
Hill Strategies    Arts Research Monitor

Toronto's Hockey Mural - Public Art meets Sports

Moments of glory and the heroes who continue to inspire the imagination of a nation form part of the historic mural on Davenport Road, just west of Caledonia. The mural highlights a golden age in Canada’s hockey history, representing Canadian victories and the people that delivered the message to create an iconic culture.

Lead artist Marcelo Pinero said it is important to preserve Canadian history and have somewhere to appreciate artwork that is inspired by the city.

At over 100 feet wide, the ‘Hockey Heroes’ project began with a ‘public paint day’, where all members of the community were invited to contribute to the mural’s creation.

The project was commissioned in part by the City of Toronto through the Street ArtToronto program.

Canadian Arts Coalition

Arts Day on the Hill 2018

This year’s Arts Day on the Hill is on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 in Ottawa. You are welcomed to register for the day which includes a training webinar, at least one meeting with an MP or Senator, and an evening reception with arts delegates and members of parliament.

There is a $25 registration fee, which covers the cost of the training webinar, meeting, and reception.
Training Webinars are mandatory and are on September 24th (English) and September 25th (French) at 12pm ET.

By the Numbers

In the 2018 Artists & Art Materials Survey from Namta, artists from the USA and Canada were asked what resources they used for art inspiration and education.

Books were the number one answer with 65%, individual artists' web sites or blogs came in second with 61%, and coming in third with 54% was YouTube.

Did You Know

On Sept. 29, 1965, in a White House Rose Garden ceremony surrounded by artists and lawmakers, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 (pictured below seated, center).

The act called for the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as separate, independent agencies. The act's basic goals were to:

  • Create a national theatre to bring ancient and modern classics of the theatre to audiences all over America
  • Support a national opera and ballet company
  • Create an American film institute, bringing together leading artists of the film industry, outstanding educators, and young men and women who wish to pursue the 20th century art form as their life's work
  • Commission new works of music by American composers
  • Support symphony orchestras
  •  Bring more great artists to our schools and universities by creating grants for their time in residence

Fifty Years later, President Obama joined the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities in celebrating their 50th Anniversary - read Barrack Obama's message here . . .

A Quote

“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”
- President Lyndon B. Johnson, on signing into existence the National Endowment for the Arts

Artists Who Give

Chloe Davis

an article by Shelley Steeves, Senior Correspondent, Global News

An aspiring young artist from Riverview, New Bruswick, Canada, is spending hours at her easel to raise money for kids with cancer and to honour the legacy of Becca Schofield.

Nine-year-old Chloe Davis hums a happy tune while she paints, thinking back to a time that wasn’t so joyous. “When I had cancer, I did not like it and others kids don’t like it because it feels very bad,” she said while sitting in front of her easel.

Now that she has now been cancer-free three years, she wants to help other kids facing cancer, one paint stroke at a time. She’s selling her paintings to raise money for several charities that help kids with cancer. “There are lots of kids who have cancer and they feel like they are lost and they want to get out of the hospital.”

Chloe is also painting in honour of someone she now calls an angel watching over her, Becca Schofield, the Riverview teen whose kindness movement inspired the world — the #BeccaToldMeTo online movement has left a lasting impression on this little girl’s heart. Chloe says she paints with Becca’s picture pinned to her easel and says it is like Becca is guiding her, “like she is taking care of me while I do this and is showing me the path to nice.”

“She really looked up to Becca as a role model the way most of us still do,” says Elizabeth Davis, Chloe’s mother. That’s why Davis says that with every painting her daughter sells, she also hands out a card honouring her friend’s powerful kindness legacy. and, with every painting Chloe sells, she’ll continue to wish on butterflies for her greatest hope of all. “It would be amazing if there was no more cancer in the world and they could just spend time with their family.”

Read complete article and see video:

Annie Blumenfeld

ull-time Cornell student Annie Blumenfeld's passion is to help shelter animals through her non-profit organization, Wags 4 Hope. Annie was in 8th grade when she learned her adored rescue dog Teddy never had a necessary treatment, and
Teddy’s predicament made young Annie realize that thousands of other dogs and cats in animal shelters across the country are not as lucky and don’t have the opportunity to get the help they need.

So Annie decided to do something. Having a natural talent for painting, she wondered how she could use her talent to help animals. One of Annie’s first paintings was featured and sold in a local art show, which naturally led Annie to start painting commissioned pet portraits.

In just the six years since she founded Wags 4 Hope, Annie has painted 350 portraits in 22 states. All of the money is given directly to animal shelters.

Many of the commissioned paintings are done for individuals who have lost a pet and want to memorialize them. In one particularly touching story, Annie shared how one of her paintings was done for someone who was hospitalized after an accident. The painting was kept on their hospital bedside and gave them strength during their difficult situation. “It is so wonderful to see that there is often two sides of my artwork in that not only are shelter/rescue animals being helped, but I can put a smile on the pet owners’ faces as well,” Annie said.

Read the complete article

The Artist Wyland

The Wyland Foundation is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways, and marine life. The foundation encourages environmental awareness through education programs, public arts projects, and community events.

Founded by renowned environmental and marine life artist Wyland, the Foundation has helped children and families around the nation to rediscover the importance of healthy oceans and waterways through public art programs, classroom science education, and live events. The foundation gives children the tools they need to become more creative, positive, and solution-oriented. The artist Wyland changed the way people think about our environment when he started painting life-size whales on the sides of buildings in the 1980s. The enormous extent of Wyland public artworks (it is estimated that his murals are viewed by more than a billion people every year), his award-winning art galleries, and community service projects have made him a most recognized and beloved artist.

As part of the Wyland Foundation’s commitment to the ongoing conservation of the planet’s water habitats and resources, the Foundation brings live events to families across the United States and international community. The events use art, science, technology, appearances by Wyland, and stewardship projects such as clean-ups and conservation pledge drives to educate the public about water issues in their region.

Wyland Galleries is in the unique position to provide fine art to assist the fund-raising efforts of non-profits, schools, and community groups around the world. Since 2004, they've donated to more than four hundred organizations, from the City of Hope to the National Kidney Foundation.

Read more here . . .

Gerhard Richter
an article by Kate Brown from artnet news, May 2018

Gerhard Richter is Selling Over $1 Million of his art to help build 100 Houses for the homeless. The German artist is donating 18 works to fund the initiative, a major donation from Germany’s most famous—and most expensive—living artist, to help finance the construction of 100 units of permanent housing for the homeless in the North Rhine-Westphalia of Germany, a region that encompasses Düsseldorf and Cologne.

The works - a special edition of color offsets from 2015 that are part of Mr. Richter’s ongoing series “Cage f.ff” - are available as three sets of six. They are being offered by fiftyfifty, a magazine and charitable organization for the homeless. The hand-signed works are priced at €420,000 ($493,080). They may also be bid on individually through fiftyfifty’s website.

All told, the sale is expected to generate €1 million to €1.2 million for the Housing First Fund, which seeks to provide people experiencing homelessness with permanent housing. Richter’s donation will be augmented by €424,000 ($497,477) in state funding, North Rhine-Westphalia announced on Wednesday.

“Years ago, we explained the concept for housing the homeless to Richter,” says Julia von Lindern, the head of the Housing First project at fiftyfifty. “Right away, he was sure that it could work and the benefit of the sale of his works could and should be spent on the apartment project. That was the beginning. Now we are trying to transform that idea around the larger region.”

The latest round of fundraising will allow the Housing First Fund to extend the concept across the North Rhine-Westphalia for the first time. (Alongside fiftyfifty, the charity organization Parity NRW is a major supporter of the pilot project.)

This 86-year-old artist has been in a particularly charitable mood in the past year. Last summer, Richter announced he would give his series “Birkenau” to the German Reichstag and donated a photographic version of his famous painting Aunt Marianne (1987) to a memorial in Saxony dedicated to the victims of forced euthanasia under the Nazi regime. Last September, he volunteered to donate a site-specific work to the city of Münster in Westphalia.

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A world without art would mean no more Le Louvre in Paris, the Acropolis in Athens, or the Metropolitan Museum in NY City. It would be tragic. - from

Imagine a life without art. A colorless, soundless, shapeless, tasteless abyss of what we would call "living". But that, in fact, is not living. It is suffering. A life without art is in reality not a life at all. We all need art in our lives, and we'd be lying by denying it. - from

Engaging with art is not simply a solitary event. The arts and culture represent one of the few areas in our society where people can come together to share an experience even if they see the world in radically different ways. The important thing is not that we agree about the experience that we share, but that we consider it worthwhile sharing an experience at all. In art and other forms of cultural expression, disagreement is accepted and embraced as an essential ingredient. - from


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