Team Jay

CelebrARTy 2024

Jay Sparks


Jay is the Director of the Steven and Barbara Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia College (’99 alum). He works with students, alumni, faculty, and the entrepreneurial community here in Columbia, providing business coaching, mentoring, and connections.

Jay was a studio art major when he arrived at Columbia College and finished with a minor in that. Since then he's have participated in Humane Society Draw-a-Pet fundraisers, Columbia Art League exhibits, and he paints custom skateboard decks for friends and family.

Jay Sparks, Columbia CollegeJay Sparks, Columbia College
David Spear


David is an Artist/owner at and part-time exhibit designer at the Missouri Department of Conservation.

"I deeply value Access Arts' overarching mission," he says. "I've been thoroughly enjoying my experience in their evening ceramics courses, reigniting my passion for sculpting with clay."

David Spears, ArtistDavid Spears, Artist
Karl Bussen


Bussen Productions is a storytelling brand through videography and photography that is inspired from the culture of skateboarding, vintage Volkswagens, care and kindness!

"I appreciate the diversity within access arts mission," he says. "It’s important to have an art driven platform for all to work from."

Karl Bussen, VideographerKarl Bussen, Videographer