The Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative is an effort led by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to help sustain the arts in our community. Arts in Action: The 10 Weeks Festival was conceived by area art organizations and universities to bring Springfield’s cultural offerings under one brand to raise money for arts in education and basic needs for children in Springfield Public Schools.
Arts in Action feels that to sustain the Arts, the Arts have to help sustain the community.
For more information about APSI, contact: Randy Russell, CFO Senior Communications Associate, (417) 864-6199.
We have made two videos detailing information on this program:
If you attend one of the more than 100 events during The 10 Weeks Festival, you might see an Arts in Action envelope in your program or be asked to donate $1 at the box office. You will also probably see an Arts in Action donation box at the venue and possibly a very nice person in an Arts in Action t-shirt by the donation box. You can place a $1 (or more) in the envelope and put it in the donation box or just drop your loose change in the box without an envelope. Checks are fine as well and if you want to donate via credit card, you can do that on this site by clicking on the give online feature. All donated funds collected throughout The 10 Weeks will raise money for the following:
- Arts in Education Endowment at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, established to provide funds to area arts organizations to take their programs into area schools.
- Care to Learn Fund established to help meet the basic needs of Springfield Public School students including, but not limited to, items regarding health, hygiene and hunger. All donations given to this fund are matched 4 to 1. So, if Arts in Action: The 10 Weeks Festival raises $5,000 for the Care to Learn Fund, it will actually become $25,000.
What is the goal? $10,000 in 10 Weeks. In 2009 we surpassed our goal with a grand total of $11,690.00. The Spring 2010 festival raised $11,373.
Stand Up for the Arts
Arts supporters can leave a legacy gift designated specifically for their favorite arts organization by becoming members of Stand Up for the Arts, a group within the CFO’s Legacy Society. Stand Up for the Arts members are honored with an annual thank-you reception and receive information about other arts-related events.
Cultural Investment Fund
The APSI panel also reviews requests for the Cultural Investment Fund, which offers short-term, below-market rate loans for Springfield-Greene County arts and cultural organizations as part of the CFO’s Mission-Related Investment Initiative.
The loans are designed to allow the non-profit organization to pay up-front costs for performing contracts, artistic rights, exhibit fees, etc., which are then re-paid with proceeds from the events.
Metropolitan Springfield Arts and Culture Grantmaking Program
Another one of the APSI panel’s responsibilities is reviewing requests for grants of up to $1,500 targeted at arts sustainability and audience development, two emerging issues identified for the arts community in the Community Focus Reports for Springfield and Greene County.
Any Given Child
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has chosen Springfield as the second partner city for Any Given Child, a program that creates a long-range arts education plan for students in grades K-8. This video was created by Bryan Manning for the kickoff event in fall 2011.
2011-12 APSI Panel Members
Tom Russo, Chair
Leah Hamilton Jenkins
Staff: Randy Russell