Weekend of events for the Arts in Action: The 10 Weeks Festival

The Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative (APSI), an effort led by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, announces Arts in Action: The 10 Weeks Festival, a collaborative event that highlights ten weeks of over 100 arts events and performances throughout the city to raise money for arts in education and children in Springfield Public Schools.

The 10 Weeks Festival will run from March 14, 2009 through May 31, 2009 and will feature existing arts events, festivals, performances and concerts from a number of Springfield arts organizations. This week’s events are:

Beauty and the Beast – Evangel University
Barnett Theatre on the campus of Evangel University
March 19, 20, 21 2009 at 7:30 PM

The Boys Next Door – Springfield Little Theatre
Landers Theatre
March 19,20,21 at 7:30 p.m.
March 22 at 2:30 p.m.

The Skinny Improv Mainstage Show
The Skinny Improv Theatre
March 20, 21 at 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM

Visit www.The10Weeks.com or call 417-862-ARTS (2787) for event descriptions and more information.

The following arts organizations are participating in the festival:

Artsfest, Arffest presented by the Springfield Regional Arts Council
ArtsFiesta! Springfield Sister Cities Association
Boys Choir of Springfield
Children’s Choirs of Southwest Missouri
Drury University Art and Art History, Music and Theatre Departments
Evangel University, Humanities and Music Departments
First Friday Art Walk
Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
Missouri State University Theatre and Dance Department
Poor Thespians Theatre at The Gillioz
SATO (Springfield And The Ozarks) 48 Hour Film Challenge
Self-Employment in the Arts OzArts Conference
Springfield Ballet
The Skinny Improv
Springfield Little Theatre
Springfield Playhouse
Springfield Regional Opera
Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Swan Repertory Theatre
Vandivort Center Theatre – Springfield Contemporary Theatre, Inc.
Vandivort 2nd Stage – Springfield Comtemporary Theatre, Inc.

Attendees will be asked to donate $1 (or more) per ticket throughout The 10 Weeks Festival with a goal of raising at least $10,000 in 10 Weeks. Donated funds will then be split evenly between a new Arts in Education Endowment at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks that will provide funding for arts organizations to take programs into area schools and the Care to Learn Fund (with a fund match of 3 to 1), established to help meet the basic needs of Springfield Public School students directly aiding in the mission of the Mayor’s Commission for Children.

Arts in Action: The 10 Weeks Festival provides an opportunity for arts organizations to come together in a series of events linked under one umbrella and tangibly benefit children and the arts, believing that to sustain the arts, the arts have to help sustain the community.

For more information, call 417-862-ARTS or visit the festival’s website, www.The10Weeks.com.

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.

APSI Panel Members include Dr. Carey Adams – Missouri State University dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Katie Cornwell – Springfield Ballet business affairs manager, Beth Domann – Springfield Little Theatre artistic/managing director, Dr. Gloria Galanes – MSU professor of communication studies and Springfield Regional Arts Council president, Jan Hyde – Hyde Gallery owner/director, Jeff Jenkins – Swan Repertory Theatre executive managing director and Skinny Improv Creative CEO, Jane Munson-Berg – Springfield Regional Opera general director, Kay Osborne – Drury University special instructor of arts administration, Lil Olive – Good Girl Art Gallery owner, Dr. Thomas Russo – Drury University professor of art and art history, Ron Spigelman – Springfield Symphony Orchestra music director.