Founded in 2013 in Columbia, Mo, Dismal Niche began as a small batch, artist operated tape label and community arts network committed to facilitating and archiving the expression of the more independent, esoteric and experimental accents of the local Columbia music and arts community.
Since incorporating as a non-profit in April 2015 the activities of the organization have largely revolved around curating and facilitating the annual Dismal Niche Festival. With an emphasis on situating regional audio and visual artists within a larger national and global context, The Dismal Niche Festival’s mission is to bring artists from across the U.S. and around the world to Columbia for a weekend offering residents rare opportunities to experience multimedia showcases and performances of both critically thinking and restorative contemporary art and music.
Matthew Crook – Program Director
Ben Chlapek – Graphic Design / Art Direction
Ryan Hall – Assistant Program Director / Sponsorship Coordinator
Board of Directors: