Arts Initiative Awards Six $1,500 Grants to Build Sustainability

The CFO’s Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative awarded $1,500 grants for projects to encourage audience development and sustainable funding sources for Springfield-Greene County arts and cultural institutions.

These two goals are identified as “emerging issues” in the Arts and Culture section of the 2009 Community Focus Report for Springfield and Greene County.

The grants were awarded to:

  • First Friday Art Walk: Development of a three-year plant to sustain and continue growth for the monthly event though directed marketing and increased business collaboration.
  • Missouri Film Alliance and Moxie Cinema: Development of a monthly film series to promote the work of local filmmakers through a collaborative business partnership and new marketing strategies.
  • SRO Lyric Theatre: Development of survey instruments and marketing materials for the organization’s new branding effort to increase exposure for new audiences of different age, socio-economic and experience levels with lyric theater.
  • Springfield Arts Collaborative Endowment: Development of marketing materials for the newly established collaborative arts-endowment campaign.
  • Springfield Little Theatre: Increase use of video-marketing strategies both within the theatre and as outside marketing efforts through traditional media sources.
  • Urban Districts Alliance: Addition of multicultural performances for “First Night Springfield” to better represent the broadening cultural diversity of our region.

These $1,500 grants are the maximum awards under this year’s Metropolitan Springfield Arts and Culture grants cycle, which included a total of $15,000. Additional applications will be considered as long   as funding is available. For more information, visit: