For more than 30 years, the Lake Arts Council (LAC) has been hosting and assisting with various art displays, music programs and talent shows. The LAC is an agency partner with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and with the mission of serving, educating and enriching the community through the arts, the LAC connects the communities within Camden, Miller and Morgan counties with the arts.

A representative of the regional arts organization serving the Lake of the Ozarks for more than 30 years is making a plea for assistance on behalf of the group.
For more than 30 years, the Lake Arts Council (LAC) has been hosting and assisting with various art displays, music programs and talent shows. The LAC is an agency partner with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and with the mission of serving, educating and enriching the community through the arts, the LAC connects the communities within Camden, Miller and Morgan counties with the arts.
The LAC has been bringing art of all kinds to the community for 34 years. That’s the good news, according to Allyne Nieburg, Camden County resident and LAC board member. “The bad news,” she says, “is that very few area residents even know they exist.
“Many wonderful programs are poorly attended, mainly due to lack of information regarding events and performances. The Lake Arts Council has a website where residents can see upcoming events but many fail to do so because, as mentioned earlier, lack of name recognition.”
The council is responsible for hosting several events including the Student Art and Photo Quest, the Junior Duck Stamps exhibit, the Art for the Seasons and the Veterans Day Patriotic Art Show and the Missoula Children’s Theater show this weekend. The council also participates in Art in the Park events in both Eldon and Linn Creek each year.
LAC President Gloria Peterson boasts of two of LAC's most popular performances. The Missouri Symphony Orchestra Pops Concerts plays what audience members describe as “high quality music that thrills the audience.” Director/conductor Kirk Trevor is known to invite kids to the stage at this event, give them a baton and some instructions and let them conduct the orchestra – a truly unforgettable experience for the kids.
The LAC has also brought the Vienna Boys Choir to the Lake in recent years. It was a hit, performing in front of a sold-out audience at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Camdenton and returned the following year to perform at the First Baptist Church in Eldon.
Says Nieburg, “When I was asked to join and serve on the board of the Lake Arts Council, I frankly knew very little about the organization and I have lived here for the past 25 years. After one year as a member and having attended performances such as the Missouri Pops Orchestra, I can honestly say that the programs put on by the Lake Arts Council, rival anything you could see in St. Louis or Kansas City. I don’t say this lightly since as a St. Louis native, I regularly attended the St. Louis Symphony, the Fox Theater and the Muny Opera.”
Publicity for these events can be expensive, however. That combined with decreasing government funding for the arts has put the financial pinch on LAC.
“State funding for the arts may have decreased but not our enthusiasm for our mission of nurturing the arts here at the Lake of the Ozarks,” says Nieburg. “Exposing our children to the arts is critical to their overall education.”
Recognized as a tax exempt non-profit organization, LAC depends on individual and corporate sponsorships and operational grants to be able to operate and serve the area.
Peterson says they “rely on the graciousness of local schools and churches to provide venues for our activities – we could do very little without that support. It is difficult to meet the financial obligations of an outside contracted or local event without the support of business or individual sponsors. We value and appreciate those sponsors tremendously and are constantly seeking new sources that will enable us to continue the programs that we currently have planned and to ‘dream big for the future.’”
To support its programs, the LAC is seeking sponsorships. All sponsors will receive emails about upcoming events, and certain sponsorship levels receive a printed recognition of their sponsorship inside of all LAC event programs.

Sponsorship levels
Individual
$35 – Friends of the Arts
$50 – Supports
$100 – Donor
$300 – Benefactor
$500 - Patron

Business
Levels range from $100 - $2,000 and allow for varied advertisements

The public is also encouraged to volunteer to serve as committee members – no experience needed. To learn more about becoming a sponsor or volunteer and to learn more about the LAC’s many events, visit http://artsatthelake.com/, call 573-964-6366, or visit them in the Stone Crest Mall in Osage Beach.