Placeworks brings customized arts programming to rural schools

This week’s CFO column on the News-Leader’s Community page highlights the Placeworks Art Initiative, a program of the Rural Schools Parntership that brings customized, cross-curricular art projects directly into the classrooms across the Ozarks.

Funded primarily by the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation of The Commerce Trust Co., Placeworks is executed by a cadre of teaching artists, each with their own areas of artistic emphasis. Music, visual art, dance, crafts, theater… it’s all on the table(au). Teachers apply for the programming with an administrator’s support, and are asked only for the time and space to make the magic happen. If a field trip is necessary as part of the lesson, that is incorporated into the programming.

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The CFO’s column runs every Tuesday, in rotation with other organizations on the News-Leader’s Community page, which is published daily. We appreciate this opportunity to share our work with News-Leader readers across the region.

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