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What is Namta®

Namta is The International Art Materials Association. Its strategy is to provide its art/creative materials industry members with the products, services and information needed to grow and prosper plus be recognized as an international leader and unifying force in the support, sustainability and advocacy of art and the art/creative materials business.

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Art Materials World Tradeshow is a member benefit - members do not pay entrance fees to attend.
Call 704.892.6244 or email Namta for more information.


New Issue - March 13, 2019

Featuring industry, membership, and news items. 
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The Palette

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March 6, 2019

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from Namta Members


Art Materials World 2019 in San Antonio


See who won the 2019 Show Awards.

Click here
 to see what these two Namta Members did at Art Materials World 2019 in San Antonio that no other Namta Member has ever done!

See pictures from San Antonio here.
When the file opens, scroll down on the sidebar to see all of the pictures.

2020 Navy Pier, Chicago

2020 will bring Namta Members back to Chicago's Navy Pier for Art Materials World.

Exhibitors can reserve 2020 Art Materials World booths today.

2020 Floorplan

2020 Prospectus

Exhibitor Rules and Regulations

2020 Online Booth Application

Contact Rick Munisteri with questions

Art Advocacy Grants Awarded

Namta’s Art Advocacy Grant Program was launched in 2018. The program awards grants in the amount of $1,000 to $5,000 to applicants who support the arts in any of four categories - Public Art, Art Education, The Military, and Health & Healing. The application period was May 1 until July 31.

Supporting Art Education, Lindy Casebier received $2,500 for expenses for Children’s Fine Art Classes (CFAC), a hands-on visual art experience for Louisville’s youth that is an after school program hosted at K-12 schools and youth centers. The program meets weekly for two hours, giving students ample time for in-depth art-making, for ten weeks in the fall and spring. CFAC provides intensive, in-depth studio art experiences for talented and motivated students, grades 4-12, and elementary and middle school students are offered concentrated studies in drawing, painting, mixed media, art history, critique, and aesthetics. CFAC students “graduate” with the ability to discuss their work and their peer’s works intellectually and emotionally.

Supporting Health & Healing, Mary Curry Mettenbrink received $2,500 for Young Audiences of Houston a program that has partnered with local children's hospitals and specialized treatment centers for over 20 years, providing free programming for children undergoing treatment as many hospitalized children are required to be out of school for extended periods of time. The goal of Young Audiences of Houston’s Healing Arts programming is to use the tremendous power of the arts to spread joy, give hope, manage pain, support treatment, and leave positive memories for hospitalized children and their caregivers. Young Audiences Healing Arts programs also serve homeless youth facing challenges and tackling issues, the arts become a valuable tool for creation, discovery, expression, hope and healing.



Supporting Art Education, Alice Brinkman received $2,500 for Creative Connections, a before-after school program offered at REACH Studio Art Center for Lansing area youth ages 6-12. The school district provides buses for the students to get from REACH to 3-6 targeted schools each 16-week semester for their delayed start on Wednesday mornings. Lansing School District students enroll free of charge in the program. Up to 100 students will have the opportunity to enroll in one term or semester of the program, where they will engage with local artists on integrated art learning through special projects that build on the previous week’s lessons and projects. Each term of the program covers a different, engaging theme which is planned and run by an artist/teacher and will involve guest artists, college students, volunteer mentors, and partnerships with other local organizations. Goals include building the student's confidence, and art experiences to improve decision-making and problem solving skills, indicated by their ability to complete art projects and participate in program activities.

Thank You
. . . to the group of Namta Members who were the 2018 Grant Judges.

Funds for the 2018 Grants came from contributions from colart and Fredrix Artists Canvas, along with sales of Art Matters Merchandise.



2018 Artist & Art Materials Study

Namta’s 2018, tri-annual Artist & Art Materials Study is another of Namta’s great member benefits and represents the fourth in a series of valuable survey data about the Art Materials business and its customers. The Survey was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2017 for Namta by The Olinger Group of New Orleans.

The 2018 Artist & Art Materials Study is packaged in 3 reports:

  • Tables and Trending
  • Artists & Art Materials Survey Report
  • Artists & Art Materials Survey Comments

All three reports are free to download for Namta members.
Non-members can purchase Study for $500 - click here.

This study was based on an online survey of 7,090 professional artists, student artists, and art hobbyists. This very large sample size yields a very low margin of error of ± 1.1%. Every survey involves some degree of error – that is, some difference between the survey result and the actual population result if every member of the relevant population were measured. A margin of error ± 1.1% means that we are 95% confident that the survey result is within only ± 1.1% of the true population value.This extremely high degree of precision ensures that the survey-based estimates presented in this report are accurate and trustworthy.
Because the population was sampled by inviting respondents to self-select to participate, we are unsure which sources participants came to the survey from. But considering the large number and variety of participant sources, there should be no particular bias toward respondents from any one particular sample source. - The Olinger Group 

2018 Retailer Study

Namta’s 2018 Retailer Study, the second piece of the association’s tri-annual Artist and Art Materials Survey, is a 36-page report, free to Namta members. Conducted by The Olinger Group of New Orleans, the study is the fourth report of art materials retailer research (previously studies were done in 2009, 2012, 2015) designed to identify and monitor current and future trends in the art industry. Both US (153) and Canadian (15) art materials retailers participated in the study, which was conducted between February 15 and March 9 of this year.
See 2018 Studies here.

Past Studies
2015 Study
  • Artists Survey Results from over 6,000 US and Canadian artists.
  • Artists & Art Materials Market Summary has data on 2015 size and growth of the art materials market in the USA and Canada.
  • Retail Survey Results from 150 art materials retailers in the US and Canada - core financial metrics, growth and product trends, marketing and business best practices, challenges, and feedback for suppliers.
Studies were also independently conducted in 2009 & 2012, with surveys of artists in the USA and Canada. Studies are FREE for Namta members.

Retail Operations Manuals

Free-for-members. Click here to see them all.



Art Advocacy 

Advocacy is the pursuit of influencing outcomes - including public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social spheres.

Namta's Art Advocacy Program works hard to bring you in the art industries and art communities the information and resources you need to support the arts. Namta will inform you when important legislation is pending and when your calls to congress are needed as well as updating you on your representative’s voting records on issues that can affect the arts. Namta Art Advocacy features stories on their website and enewsletters that highlight the arts and how they positively impact education, health and healing, military personnel, and communities. Namta also recognizes it’s members who have given back to the arts in their communities by featuring them on the site and enewsletters as well.

Visitors to the Art Advocacy website, Namtaartadvocacy.org, will also find news, resources, and facts - plus news and resources for Canadian art advocates.

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.

Art Advocacy NEWS
- August 2018  

A quarterly enewsletter with stories and information about advocating for the arts. 
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