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.


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.


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.


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, Wednesday-Saturday, or by appointment.   We offer guests tours of our facility and encourage everyone to stop in! Please call us at 870-269-8397 to arrange a private appointment or tour. There are many dining and lodging options in the area.  Please see our “Lodging tab” for discounted rental rates for ACS students or visit our area chamber www.yourplaceinthemountains.com for more information.


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

Donations can be made online (see “donations” tab for more information) or 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.

Arkansas Craft School Board Members:

  • Phyllis Haynes – Retired CEO, Arkansas Foodbank – President, Development Chair
  • Gin Brown – Retired Site Coordinator, Ozarka College – Vice President, Personnel and Building Chair
  • David Ciscel –  Treasurer, Membership Chair
  • Bud Thurman  – Secretary
  • Jamie Murawski –  Retired Owner of Town & Country Interiors – Retail Chair
  • Randy Crumby –  Owner of Ruthie Mountain Smoked Pepper and Retired Director AT&T– Marketing Chair
  • Marcia Wallace – Retired Art, Speech, Theater Instructor – Program Chair 
  • Mike Engle –  Owner of Mikey’s Smoked Meats – Special Presentations Curator
  • Lynn Nancarrow — Retired University of AR at Ft. Smith — Development Committee
Arkansas Craft School Ex-Officio Members:
  • The Honorable Roger Gardner – Mayor, Mountain View, AR
  • The Honorable Stacey Avey – Stone County Judge
Arkansas Craft School Staff:
  • Patricia Kilpatrick: Communications Manager.  pat9.acs@gmail.com
  • Aly Dearborn: Program/Project Manager.  alydear.acs@gmail.com
  • Katie Crumby:  Business Operations Manager.  katie0.acs@gmail.com