About

The Arkansas Craft School (ACS) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the growth, appreciation, and instruction of arts and crafts. Formed in 2007, the ACS envisions a vibrant, creative community that inspires a life affirming appreciation of and support for the arts. In partnership with Ozarka College and its Mountain View campus, ACS offers Continuing Education Credits for classes attended. Although its history envelops the crafts of the Ozark Mountains, the ACS has grown to encompass many styles of art and craft, both contemporary and traditional.

 

INSTRUCTORS
Our instructors are carefully chosen from around the state and country for their expertise. They are all skilled artisans and teachers, some with international acclaim. We have skilled teachers in the arts of glass bead making, wood turning, blacksmithing, pottery, paper making and many other media.

 

CLASSES
We offer classes in glass bead making, wood turning, blacksmithing, pottery, jewelry, painting and many other media. Classes are purposefully small to allow individualized instruction. Classes provide hands on learning in a creative environment. Students will come away with beautiful art crafted by their own hands and the skills to continue creating.

 

LOCATION
The School is located at 101 North Peabody, in a historic building on the courthouse square in Mountain View. Located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, Mountain View offers a beautiful and creative environment for learning.Our hours are 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Thursday-Sunday, or by appointment. Please call 870-269-8397 to arrange an appointment. There are many dining and lodging options in the area visit www.yourplaceinthemountains.com for more information.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS
Reduced cost tuition is available to students seeking training in these skills, but
whose income may be limited. Scholarships are limited to one class per student per year.
Application forms are available by contacting the School either by email arkcraftschool@gmail.com or by
telephone 870-269-8397.


The ACS is a nonprofit organization and, as such, is eligible to receive donations to the extent
allowed by law.

Donations can also be made by mail, 101 N Peabody Ave, Mountain View, AR 72560

or by calling 870-269-8397. The ACS is supported in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the
National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

Donations support instructor fees so that tuition can be kept at a reasonable cost.

 

Arkansas Craft School Board Members:
  • Gin Brown: Retired Site Coordinator, Ozarka College – President
  • Phyllis Haynes: Retired CEO, Arkansas Foodbank – Vice President, Chair Development
  • Sharon Mills: Retail Manager III Citizens Bank – Treasurer
  • Jamie Murawski: Retired Owner of Town & Country Interiors – Board Member
  • Tyler Henderson: Attorney at Law Pinnacle Law Firm – Board Member
  • Marcia Wallace: Retired Art, Speech, Theater Instructor – Chair Program
  • Kari Winningham: VP/Main St. Branch Manager Centennial Bank – Chair Marketing
  • Mike Engle: Owner of Mikey’s Smoked Meats – Chair Retail

 

Arkansas Craft School Ex-Officio Members:
  • The Honorable Roger Gardner – Mayor, Mountain View, AR
  • The Honorable Stacey Avey – Stone County Judge

 

Arkansas Craft School Advisory Board:
  • Wright Pillow: Retired Founder and Former Director of Arkansas Craft School Advisory
  • Becki Dahlstedt: Ceramic Artist & Co-Owner Mountain View Pottery Advisory

 

Arkansas Craft School Program Director:
  • Arjuna Larson: Program Director of Arkansas Craft School Executive Director