The Hearding Cats Artists Collective is a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated in the state of Missouri U.S.A. in 2009. It is a not-for profit corporation devoted to producing artistic events primarily in the city of St. Louis. It was founded on 11/11/2009 by husband and wife team, Rich O’Donnell and Anna Lum, along with Mike Murphy and Ryan Harris.
Rich and Anna had a combined 80 years of experience administering the St. Louis New Music Circle when they established Hearding Cats.
Their zeitgeist permeates the policies and methods of the Collective. These necessarily evolve in the ceaselessly changing cultural environment. But the core values of the collective are:
-Respect for the fundamental value of art to all societies.
-Recognition that art needs innovation and experimentation to remain vital. This means we support art that is ignored by traditional, commercial, and popular institutions.
-Support for the educational role of the artist.