October 13, 2021


In case you missed this news, we are happy to report that the merger vote by Namta Members and AFCI Members well exceeded their required quorums and we have announced that both overwhelmingly voted in favor of the merger.

While the approval by both Associations is a major step forward, the merger is not final as of yet. In the following weeks the final legal documents will be executed and at that time the merger will be complete. We expect this to be finalized by mid to late October and we will notify all members at this time.


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3L Corp  -  Activa Products  -  Adhesive Technologies  -  Airbrush Institute, The  -  Aitoh Co. (WCG Group)  -  Alvin Drafting/Ascendant  -  Art Materials Retailer Magazine  -  Artesprix  -  Artgecko Sketchbooks  -  Artist Supplies & Products  -  Bob Ross  -  Chroma  -  ClearBags  -  Clover Needlecraft  -  colart  -  Color Wheel Company, The  -  Colored Pencil Society  -  Crafter's Workshop, The  -  Cranfield Colours  -  Creative Art Materials  -  Crescent Creative (formerly Crescent Cardboard)  -  DecoArt  -  DEMCO EnCouleurs  -  Derwent -ACCO Brands  -  Dixon Ticonderoga Company  -  Eco-House  -  Educational Art and Craft Supplies  -  Exaclair  -  Faber-Castell  -  FM Brush Company  -  Fredrix Canvas  -  Gel Press  -  Gelli Arts  -  General Pencil Co.  -  Giftsland  -  Global Creative  -  Golden Artist Colors  -  Golden Global Sales  -  GoEasel  -  Grafix  -  Grex Airbrush  -  Hahnemuehle USA  -  Handy Art  -  Hero Arts  -  Himal Design  -  HK Holbein  -  Itoya ProFolio  -  Iwata  -  Jack Richeson & Co  -  Jacquard Products  -  JJC Industries  -  K&S Precision Metals  -  Koch Industries  -  Krylon  -  Lineco/University Products  -  Logan Graphic Products  - MacPherson's  -  M. Graham & Co.  -  Natural Earth Paint  -  New Wave  -  Newell Brands  -  Paint Puck  -  Pentel Arts  -  Picket Fence Studios  -  Pinnacle Colors  -  Pioneer Photo Albums  -  Rain Retail  -  Ranger Industries  -  Royal Brush Mfg.  -  Royal Talens North America  -  Sakura of America  -  Sargent Art  -  Scrapbook Customs  -  Silver Brush   -  Simple Stories  -  SLS Arts  -  SMLT ART  -  Stamperia International  -  Studio Designs  -  SUPERTITE Adhesives  -  Tape Technologies  -  Today is Art Day  -  Toss Products  -  UART  -  Uchida of America  -  U-Mark  -  Wise Elk Holdings  -  Xyron, an ACCO BRAND  -  Yasutomo  -  Zebra Pen


Congratulations 2021 Namta Art Advocacy Recipients!

Eliza Combs, Lead Mental Health Counselor and Art Therapist
$3,500 to the Indigenous Wellness Art Therapy Program
at the
Institute of American Indian Arts

Jennifer Souers Chevraux, Development Director
$2,000 for Art Therapy Studio's
Social Justice Art Therapy Program



See an update on a 2018 Namta Art Advocacy Grant Recipient.


As of October 1, 2021, Golden Artist Colors, a global manufacturer of professional artist paints, is proud to announce it is now a 100% employee-owned company.




October 21, 2021

@ 3PM Eastern Time


Which paint? Which paper? Which brush?

Watercolor or Acrylic? How do you Choose? Choosing art materials and marrying them with the right paper and accessories can be tough.

Presenter Franz Spohn will break down the basics making selection a breeze! Using Faber-Castell pre-selected palettes he will discuss the features of both watercolor and acrylic so artists can choose confidently and use them with success.





Indigenous Artists Voice Support for Land Restitution in New Billboard Campaign
Three decades ago, November was designated Native American Heritage month as a way to honor the original inhabitants of what is now the United States.
READ MORE ON www.hyperallergic.com

Civic dialogue is when communities discuss issues, policies, and challenges in people’s lives, communities, and society. The arts are a powerful facilitator for positive dialogue and engagement. www.americansforthearts.org/socialimpact



FYI Web Articles


The Lawyer You Hire Matters:
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Here's how to find the right one for the job.
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"Day one" of succession planning.
Too many entrepreneurs neglect succession planning.....
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Contact Info:


PO Box 3314, Huntersville, NC  28070






2021 Namta Art Advocacy Grants have been awarded to:

Eliza Combs, Lead Mental Health Counselor and Art Therapist
$3,500 to the Indigenous Wellness Art Therapy Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts

Fostering visual and creative arts in Health & Healing, this project is for Indigenous Wellness Art Therapy Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, a 4-year public art school and tribal college. The native communities our students come from have been affected deeply by loss due to COVID-19, current times amplifying inequities and historical traumas that continue today including mass graves found at boarding schools. Many students struggle with the impact of generational trauma, generational poverty, and being first-generation college students. Our team of two FT counselors and 1 PT counselor specialize in art therapy which is culturally responsive. The main objective of this program is to strengthen pathways for resilience, reducing anxiety, depression, aggression, trauma symptoms, substance misuse, and suicidal ideation in our students while increasing retention and academic success during the 2021-2022 school year. Through providing expressive arts/self-care material, expressive arts groups, and adding contract therapist hours we can create multiple outlets that students can access mental health resources that promote stress reduction, retention, increased academic performance, well-being, and self-care.

Jennifer Souers Chevraux, Development Director
$2,000 for Art Therapy Studio's Social Justice Art Therapy program


Fostering the visual and creative arts in Health & Healing, a grant from Namta will help support Art Therapy Studio’s Social Justice Art Therapy program, which offers creative therapy interventions for underserved communities at heightened risk for adverse behavioral health outcomes resulting from loss, stress, poverty, and isolation. These individuals and families generally have few resources to access services for mental health, emotional well-being, or even self-care.

The stigma around seeking "therapy" is barrier enough, but as the second-poorest city in the US, Cleveland has impoverished communities in which mental healthcare services are not affordable. In conversation with their Racial Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee around effective methods for overcoming the stigma of mental health and therapy, ATS developed art therapy interventions that take into consideration the unique needs and cultural considerations of at-risk communities, especially communities of color. This year, in conjunction with their new social justice graduate resident-internship program, ATS began offering a series of free therapeutic art interventions for adults, children, and caregivers addressing the inequality of accessible behavioral health resources available to Northeast Ohio neighbors in greatest need. Social justice art therapy programming supports social-emotional learning, increases coping skills, and promotes self-esteem. ATS offers these programs at community centers, public libraries, public housing estates, and other sites located in neighborhoods where the need for trauma-informed care is greatest.

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Thank you to colart and Grimstad Comerford DelValle Group for their generous support to the Grant Program



Update from 2018 Namta Art Advocacy Grant Recipient

"We have had our hospital programs, which NAMTA helped support in 2018, running virtually. We were able to move them in-person for about a month, then Delta emerged. We are thankful to be able to provide virtual programs for families."
- Mary Mary Curry Mettenbrink, Executive Director
Young Audiences, Inc. of Houston



 Golden Artist Colors Employees Celebrate 100% Ownership of the Company

As of October 1, 2021, Golden Artist Colors, a global manufacturer of professional artist paints, is proud to announce it is now a 100% employee-owned company.  This transaction culminates a plan put in place in 2002, when the company implemented an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) for staff.  In May 2010, a new phase of the ownership journey began when GOLDEN staff became one of only 4,000 other companies across the entire United States to be majority owned by its employees.

“Implementing 100% ownership for staff is very unique and something our family has dreamt about since the company’s beginning,” said GOLDEN CEO Mark Golden.  “We began on the premise that ‘what you care about will grow’ and Golden Artist Colors has grown many times beyond the dreams we once had as we peered across the fields from my parent’s kitchen. Four decades later it is clear that we’ve grown in the most wonderful ways. It has been through the care and dedication of each of our staff that has joined us on this journey and made this place part of themselves.” 

“Time has demonstrated that companies with 100% employee ownership often see greater productivity, higher profitability, and increased revenue,” said Golden.  “These successes tend to continue over time, as employees have a vested interest in the sustainability and overall success of the company.  We’re excited to experience this new phase in the company’s dynamic history!”

An ESOP is an employee benefit plan, which provides company stock to employees as part of their retirement benefits.  As a 100% ESOP owned company, all of the Golden Artist Colors, Inc. stock is now held in trust by the ESOP exclusively for the benefit of the GOLDEN employees.

“Mark and Barbara Golden’s goal was to secure a sustainable future for Golden Artist Colors staff that was beneficial to each of them,” said GOLDEN President & COO, Barbara Schindler. “Employee ownership, when done right, benefits all stakeholders and should be celebrated.  It is a true win/win transaction for all parties involved.”

According to data provided by the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO.org), there are approximately 6,600 ESOPs in the entire United States, holding total assets of over $1.4 trillion. ESOPs currently cover over 14 million participants, of whom 10.3 million are active participants (currently employed and covered by ESOP).

To learn more about Golden Artist Colors, go to www.goldenpaints.com.  For additional information about employee ownership, go to www.nceo.org.