The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has established the Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative (APSI). Funded through a two year, $150,000 commitment from CFO, the two main goals of APSI are to help implement the Springfield Regional Cultural Plan, developed as part of the Vision 20/20 process in 2004, and to promote the long-term sustainability efforts of arts organizations serving Springfield and the region. The Foundation’s board of directors made support for the implementation of the Springfield Regional Cultural Plan one of five goals for the year. APSI is the result of this vision.
To achieve these goals, APSI has created a new position, the Arts Sustainability Coordinator (ASC), designed to promote the cultural plan and address sustainability efforts for the second component of the Initiative. CFO is honored that Leah Hamilton Jenkins, previously of the Springfield Regional Arts Council, has accepted this essential role. Her focus will be on establishing an endowment for arts sustainability through the creation of a collaborative Festival of the Arts, assisting with growth of each organization’s existing endowment, if applicable, enhancing and coordinating educational efforts related to the arts, and increasing the public’s awareness of the arts as being vital to the quality of life in this community.
The second tactic of the Initiative promotes board development for organizations, because an engaged, committed board is essential for sustainability. Through APSI, CFO is providing matching fund support of up to $5,000 for board to organizations who receive funding through the Missouri Arts Council’s new Capacity Building grant for board development.