The Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative (APSI), an effort led by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, announced that a total of $11,690 was raised from Arts in Action: The 10 Weeks Festival and presented a check to the Care to Learn Fund, accepted by Doug Pitt on Wednesday, June 3 in the Exhibition Hall of The Creamery Arts Center.
Arts in Action: The 10 Weeks Festival highlighted over 100 arts events and performances to raise money for the Arts in Education Fund and the Care to Learn Fund. The monies raised from the festival will be split evenly between the two funds. The Care to Learn Fund is matched 4 to 1. The initial goal was to raise $10,000.
Arts in Action: The 10 Weeks Festival provided an opportunity for 28 Springfield arts organizations to come together in a series of events linked under one umbrella to tangibly benefit children and the arts, believing that to sustain the arts, the arts have to help sustain the community.
Arts in Action: The 10 Weeks Festival was created by the Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative (APSI) as an effort funded by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to promote the Springfield Regional Cultural Plan and address sustainability efforts. Future efforts as part of the initiative will include arts education coordination with local schools and a focus on endowment building through planned giving.
APSI Panel Members include Dr. Carey Adams (Chair) – Missouri State University dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Katie Cornwell – Springfield Ballet business affairs manager, Sally Baird -Chair, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Judy Billings – Community Foundation of the Ozarks Staff, Lester Brown – Springfield Regional Opera Board President, Beth Domann – Springfield Little Theatre artistic/managing director, Dr. Gloria Galanes – MSU professor of communication studies and Springfield Regional Arts Council Board President, Jan Hyde – Hyde Gallery owner/director, Jeff Jenkins – Swan Repertory Theatre executive managing director and Skinny Improv Creative CEO, Jane Munson-Berg – Evangel University Assistant Professor of Voice, Kay Osborne – Drury University special instructor of arts administration, Lil Olive – Good Girl Art Gallery owner, Randy Russell – Community Foundation of the Ozarks Staff, Dr. Thomas Russo – Drury University professor of art and art history, Ron Spigelman – Springfield Symphony Orchestra music director