Arts & Culture Grants Awarded to 16 Community Arts Projects

The weather outside was frightful, so the ceremony to present the 2013-14 Arts & Culture grants was cancelled recently. But the CFO is proud to support the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s grant awards to 16 organizations for projects that promote sustainability and audience development for community arts.

The CFO is now partnering with the SRAC, which will administer the Arts & Culture grant process using the CFO’s field-of-interest funds created by generous donors to support the arts.

The grants are intended to support the goals of the Springfield Cultural Plan and the issues identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County.

The 16 grants totaling $20,000 were awarded to:

  • The American Indian Student Association at MSU: $1,000 to support the two-day Native American Heritage Month Powwow.
  • City of Springfield: $1,458 to support the Springfield Sculpture Walk at Jubilee Park.
  • Friends of the Springfield Art Museum: $1,100 to support “Art Speaks,” a public lecture series.
  • Friends of the Springfield Art Museum: $750 to upgrade computers.
  • Springfield Little Theatre: $1,500 to support Art Inspired Academy, a program of Abilities First to provide an inclusive experience for individuals with and without disabilities.
  • Mid-America Performing Arts Foundation: $750 to create a website for performance and audition information.
  • Boys Choir of Springfield: $750 to enhance its website to improve access for parents and patrons.
  • Men’s Chorus of the Ozarks: $1,000 for board development training to more fully implement its strategic plan.
  • Unite of Southwest Missouri: $1,442 to support the Springfield Multicultural Festival.
  • Drury University Arts Administration Program: $1,500 to support the 2014 Self-Employment in the Arts Conference.
  • Urban Districts Alliance: $1,500 to support emerging artists’ performances at First Night Springfield.
  • Springfield Art Museum: $1,500 for Jarrett Middle School students to create gallery guides for the “Creating an American Identity” exhibit.
  • Moxie Cinema: $1,500 for the first phase of a three-year strategic plan to boost membership.
  • SRO Lyric Theatre: $1,500 to provide an introduction to performance art for first graders as part of the “Any Given Child” initiative.
  • SRO Lyric Theatre: $1,000 to continue its free, monthly “Operazzi,” an opera, jazz, and musical theater cabaret and open mic night.
  • Springfield Symphony Association: $750 to support monthly public service announcements for its programs.