About Us

Mission Statement

The Missouri Folk Arts Program (MFAP) is a program of the Missouri Arts Council and is administered by the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. MFAP was established in 1984 and builds cross-cultural understanding by documenting, sustaining and presenting our state's living folk arts and folklife in collaboration with Missouri's citizens.


Lisa L. Higgins, Director, oversees all projects/initiatives, budgets, fundraising and staff/interns. She is the Program Specialist for the Missouri Arts Council’s Folk Arts grants.
email: HigginsLL@missouri.edu

Deborah A. Bailey, Folk Arts Specialist, coordinates public programs, like the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, and provides assistance for artists, festivals and organizations.
email: BaileyDA@missouri.edu

The folk arts program also employs two graduate assistants, Jackson Medel and Dorothy Atuhura, both studying Folklore in Mizzou’s Department of English. Intern Tracy Anne Travis, MA student in the Department of English, is our current intern.

Contact Information

Missouri Folk Arts Program
University of Missouri
115 Bus. Loop 70W
Room 2022
Columbia, MO 65211-8310
phone: 573-882-6296
fax: 573-884-4039
email: HigginsLL@missouri.edu

MFAP Support

The Missouri Folk Arts Program receives support from the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the University of Missouri, and the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology.

MFAP Staff

Staff: Jackson Medel, Lisa Higgins, Deb Bailey, and Dorothy Atuhura (left to right). Photo by Alex Barker

Museum of Art and Archaeology
Missouri Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts