Greater Ozarks Art Tour Showcased

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More than 30 regional arts’ leaders and elementary art teachers came together  on Saturday, Feb. 27th at the Creamery Arts Center in Springfield, Mo. to learn more about the Greater Ozarks Art Tour. The event, hosted by the Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC), featured an informational webinar for regional arts’ leaders in the morning and then provided a working lunch where art teachers and community leaders learned about SRAC’s regional programming opportunities.

The lunch premiered the new Vincent Van G.O.A.T. DVD which features five new artists from the Ozarks’ area. Vincent Van G.O.A.T. is a colorful goat sculpture partnered with an interactive computer program that features film clips of Ozarks’ artists.  Vincent is geared toward elementary-aged students, who are invited to climb on his back and learn about Ozarks’ art forms through kid-friendly computer software. This is the second DVD released for Vincent and was made possible by a generous grant from the Kirby Foundation.

Other offerings of the Greater Ozarks Art Tour include:

  • Greater Ozarks Arts Tour Performance Series brings performance arts (voice, dance, instrumental, theatrical, literary) to rural schools and their respective communities.
  • The Artist-in Residence Program is available to participating schools for a one-day program that includes a “mini-gallery” of the artist’s works, an assembly, work with individual classes, and the on-site production of an artistic piece that is presented to the school at the end of the day.
  • Claymobile is a mobile ceramic education program.  Developed by Springfield Pottery, the Claymobile is a fully-stocked van that transports all materials needed for clay workshops—including the teachers!  Participation in the Claymobile program requires a 50% match at the local or school level.

SRAC is a partner of the Rural Schools Partnership as it works to enrich rural schools through the arts. For more information on the Greater Ozarks Art Tour, please call the SRAC at (417) 862-2787 or visit SpringfieldArts.org. For more information on the Rural Schools Partnership, please visit www.ruralschoolspartnership.org.

PHOTO: Leah Hamilton Jenkins (far left), executive director of the Springfield Regional Arts Council, talks with regional art teachers after lunch. Each attendee received a copy of both Vincent Van G.O.A.T. DVDs.

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