Category Archives: APSI

  • Ceremony Recognizes 2012-13 Arts & Culture Grant Award Winners

    The Arts & Culture Roundtable recognized the groups that are expanding their arts offerings to the community through grants awarded during the 2012-13 cycle. The grants are designed to build organizational sustainability and audience development because those are two areas identified as “red flags” for arts in the bi-annual Community Focus Reports for Springfield-Greene County. […]

  • Randy Russell Honored as 2012 Humanitarian

    Randy Russell, a longtime advocate for children and the arts in southwest Missouri, was honored today with the 2012 Humanitarian Award at a luncheon attended by more than 150 people at the DoubleTree Hotel. Russell was nominated for the award by the Junior League of Springfield and selected from a group of finalists by a […]

  • Ozzie Awards Event Benefits Springfield Regional Arts Council

    Tickets are still available for what is being billed as Springfield’s “cultural convergence” of the year with the annual Ozzie Awards, benefiting the Springfield Regional Arts Council, an agency partner with the CFO. This is the third year the Springfield-Branson National Airport will host the Sat., Sept. 8, event, but the format is new with […]

  • Arts in the Park Concludes 11th Year with Graduation, Performances

    Arts in the Park has become an annual summertime tradition for the Springfield Regional Arts Council. The program, a collaboration featuring a number of local arts agencies, has put together a deep series of summer workshops aimed at promoting different art forms and teaching self-confidence and civility to students (K-8) from the Springfield Community Center. […]

  • Virginia Cox Bussey Remembered for Arts, Senior Dreams Support

    Mrs. Bussey accepting the 2011 Springfield Regional Arts Council "Ozzie" Award at the Flights of Fancy event in June at Springfield-Branson National Airport.

    One of Springfield and the Ozarks’ premier benefactors, Virginia Cox Bussey, passed away earlier this week at the age of 91. In addition to her wide-ranging support for the arts in the area (read the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s statement on her below), Mrs. Bussey also was  responsible for funding and establishing the Senior Dreams program through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Through this program, people age 50 or older with terminal illnesses are able to achieve long-standing wishes, whether it be a trip or a final visit with family. A story about one family’s Senior Dreams grant will be published in our Spring newsletter, which should be out and online in early April. (There is still time to get on the mailing list; e-mail Matt Lemmon to receive it.)

    The CFO extends its condolences to the family of Mrs. Bussey.

    SRAC statement

  • The Learning Community Featured on KSMU’s ‘Making a Difference’

    One of the new programs included in this year’s Ozarks Empowerment Project initiative – The Learning Community – was featured on this morning’s “Making a Difference” segment on KSMU, Springfield’s public radio station. The Learning Community is an in-depth training opportunity being offered to 10 CFO agency partners in its first year. In addition to […]

  • “Any Given Child-Springfield” Short Film Highlights Arts in Springfield

    On September 13, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, the Springfield Regional Arts Council and Springfield Public Schools hosted the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as they launched the implementation phase of the Any Given Child program. The event also included the premiere of “Any Given Child-Springfield,” a short film by local […]

  • CFO Announces Its 2011-12 Grantmaking Program

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks announces 2011-12 competitive grant opportunities totaling $562,000 for initiatives to strengthen non-profit service providers and schools across southern Missouri.

    Proposals will now be accepted for program opportunities for the CFO’s new fiscal year, which began July 1. Grants are available in three categories: Metropolitan Springfield; Ozarks Regional; and the Rural Schools Partnership. Applicants must have 501(c)3 or equivalent non-profit status to be eligible to apply. This year’s grant cycle represents an increase of $81,600 over the 2010-11 competitive grants.

    Metropolitan Springfield:

    The Metropolitan Springfield Grantmaking Program is organized into four areas of interest for the 2011-12 grant cycle, including three new cycles for Early Childhood, Community Innovation and Senior Services.

    Community Response Challenge Grants – The Community Foundation will offer $125,000 in challenge grants of up to $12,500 each, which are intended to help support existing programs of Springfield area non-profits that address red-flag issues identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County. The 2011 Community Focus report will be published in early fall. Consideration for matching funding will be given to proposals that address identified red-flag concerns as listed in the Report.

    The proposal deadline is 5 p.m., Oct. 14, 2011. Grants will be awarded in late October and successful applicants will have until Jan. 31, 2012 to raise 1:1 matching dollars for the challenge grants, which range up to $15,000 per award.

  • Performers, Guests, and Passengers Mingle at “Flights of Fancy”

    The success of the 2nd annual  “Flights of Fancy” raised $3,455 for the “10 Weeks Festival” from guests who enjoyed seeing  a variety of Springfield performing groups and celebrating the annual Ozzie award winners. The event hosted by the Springfield-Branson National Airport last Thursday drew more than 200 people to the Airport’s large front lobby […]

  • Ozzie Awards Featured at “Flights of Fancy” Thursday

    Some tickets still remain for the second “Flights of Fancy” celebration taking place at the Springfield-Branson National Airport on Thursday. The event, which includes a great program of Springfield performers, the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s Ozzie Awards and other special presentations, takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow. All proceeds from the tax-deductible $25 […]