CelebrARTy is the most unique fundraiser in Columbia! Each year we pair local celebrities, such as the Mayor of The City of Columbia (2022's winner!), with local artists to form eight creative teams. Each team works together to create art pieces in the medium of their choice, and they'll compete against one another to see who can raise the most funds for Access Arts. At the end of the process, we host a big event for all to attend, and auction off their pieces!
In 2023, our auction was held on Wednesday, September 6th at The Blue Note!
This progressive fundraiser was designed to support the mission of Access Arts, which is to provide creative learning experiences for everyone. We offer instruction in a variety of art media, with an emphasis on serving those who are underserved.
Associate Director of Closing for Veterans United Home Loans
Janelle Schultz collaborated with artist Brian McMullen, and their artistic journey was captured by filmmaker Dustin Hawkins! See how they made their giant planters by clicking on her image above!
Co-Founder and Artistic Director of GreenHouse Theatre Project
Elizabeth Palmieri collaborated with artist Brianna Bogucki, and their artistic journey was captured by filmmaker Aaron Phillips! Watch their video by clicking on her image above!
VIOLET VONDER HAAR
Programs Director at Compass Inc.
Violet Vonder Haar collaborated with artist Jenny McGee, and their artistic journey was captured by filmmaker Tony Ousley! Watch their pieces come to life by clicking on her image above!
Financial Advisor for Edward Jones
Stephanie Turner Goans collaborated with artist Sharyn Hyatt Wade, and their artistic journey was captured by filmmaker Jet Ainsworth! See their piece come to life by clicking her image above!
STEPHANIE TURNER GOANS
Senior Director for The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall
Mike Nolan collaborated with artist Riana Bovill, and their artistic journey was captured by filmmaker Ismaeel Bilal! See their papermaking process go down by clicking on his image above!
Founder and CEO of Anderson Homes
Russ Anderson collaborated with artist Emmett Russell, and their artistic journey was captured by filmmaker Sam Meinders! See the creation of their grandfather clock by clicking on his image above!
Former Columbia Public Schools Board of Education President
David Seamon collaborated with artist Val Wedel, and their artistic journey was captured by filmmaker Matt Schacht! See this masterpiece by clicking on his image above!
Director of Customer Service for Simmons Bank
Marty Wohlgemuth collaborated with artist Salem Alhussaini, and their artistic journey was captured by filmmaker Kyle Gilleland! Watch their community Maker Event by clicking his image above!
Interested in sponsoring CelebrARTy 2024? Find sponsorship information here!