About the Craft School
The Arkansas Craft School (ACS) is a nonprofit (501c3) organization dedicated to the
preservation, appreciation and instruction of crafts indigenous to the Arkansas Ozarks. Formed
in 2009, 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 branched off to offer contemporary creative crafts such as “ found
objects ” art, photography, and jewelry making.
ACS instructors are carefully chosen from the local Stone County community as well as from “ off ” , in locations throughout the state and country. The instructors are all master crafts people, some with international acclaim, and are skilled in the arts of glass bead making, wood turning, blacksmithing, pottery, paper making and other endeavors. Classes are purposefully small to allow for individualized instruction. Evaluations from students attending these classes are always positive, acknowledging the skills in both craft and teaching.
The School is located at 110 East Main Street in Mountain View, just east of the Courthouse square. Classes are held at the School and, often, at the studios of the various instructors. Classes are mostly week-end classes, allowing students from out of town to attend, although evening classes and week-day classes have been held to attract the local community. Each year, the ACS celebrates its standing by hosting a Gala in the fall, and invites community supporters to come and bid on arts, crafts and other items donated by artist instructors and other community supporters.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 be made by mail, P.O. Box 2649, Mountain View, AR 72560 or by calling 870-269-8397. The ACS is supported in part by the Arkansas Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Donations support instructor fees so that tuition can be kept at a reasonable cost.
- Gin Brown: Retired Site Coordinator, Ozarka College - President
- Leo Sutterfield: President and CEO First Service Bank - Vice President; Chair Finance
- Sharon Mills: Retail Manager III Citizens Bank - Treasurer
- Lindsay Galloway: Site Coordinator, Ozarka College - Secretary; Chair Personnel
- Jamie Murawski: Retired Owner of Town & Country Interiors - Co-Chair Program
- Phyllis Haynes: Retired CEO, Arkansas Foodbank - Co-Chair Development
- Tyler Henderson: Attorney at Law Pinnacle Law Firm - Co-Chair Development
- Marcia Wallace: Retired Art, Speech, Theater Instructor - Co-Chair Program
- Kari Winningham: VP/Main St. Branch Manager Centennial Bank - Board Member
- Linda Rawlings: Artist, Retired Art Teacher - Board Member
- Mike Engle: Owner of Mikey's Smoked Meats - Board Member
- The Honorable Roger Gardner - Mayor, Mountain View, AR
- The Honorable Stacey Avey - Stone County Judge
- Wright Pillow: Retired Founder and Former Director of Arkansas Craft School Advisory
- Becki Dahlstedt: Ceramic Artist & Co-Owner Mountain View Pottery Advisory
- Mike DeLong: Provost, Pulaski Tech College Advisory
- Arjuna Larson: Executive Director of Arkansas Craft School Executive Director