The 10 Weeks Festival Kicks Off


The Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative (APSI), an effort led by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, is pleased to announce the second annual Arts in Action: The 10 Weeks Festival, a collaborative event that highlights ten weeks of more than 100 arts events and performances throughout the city to raise money for arts education opportunities and also for children in Springfield Public Schools through the Care to Learn fund.

The 10 Weeks Festival will run from March 12, 2010, through May 23, 2010, and will feature existing arts events, festivals, performances and concerts by the following arts organizations:

Missouri State University Theatre and Dance Department
Springfield Ballet

Boys Choir of Springfield
Children’s Choirs of Southwest Missouri
C-Street Jam
Drury University Music Department
Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
Missouri State University Music Department
Springfield Chamber Chorus

Springfield Mid-America Singers
Springfield Regional Opera
Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Drury University Theatre Department
Evangel University Humanities Department
Gillioz Theatre
Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
Missouri State University Theatre and Dance Department
Skinny Improv
Springfield Little Theatre
Springfield Contemporary Theatre
Springfield Playhouse
Swan Repertory Theatre
Vandivort Center Theatre

Visual Arts
Childhood in its Landscape Juried Competition/Good Girl Art Gallery
Drury University Art and Art History Department
First Friday Art Walk
SATO48 – Springfield And The Ozarks 48 Hour Film Challenge
Springfield Art Museum

All the Arts

Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street and Arffest on Commercial Street presented by the Springfield Regional Arts Council
Cherry Blossom Kite Fest and Arts Fiesta!, Presented by Springfield Sister Cities
Self-Employment in the Arts OzArts Conference

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.

Arts in Action: The 10 Weeks Festival provides an opportunity for arts organizations to come together in a series of events that will benefit children and the arts, believing that to sustain the arts; the arts have to help sustain the community.  The Festival was created by the Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative (APSI) as an effort funded by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
For more information, call 417-864-6199, ext. 14 or visit our website at

APSI Panel Members include Dr. Carey Adams–Missouri State University Dean of the College of Arts and Letters- (Chair); Janice Bennett-Executive Director, Springfield Symphony; Sally Baird– Past Board, Chair of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks; Lester Brown– Springfield Regional Opera, Board President; 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, past president; Vickie Giesen-Interim Managing Director, Springfield Regional Opera; Leah Hamilton Jenkins-Executive Director of Springfield Regional Arts Council; Jeff Jenkins–Skinny Improv Creative CEO, and Gillioz Theatre; Jane Munson-Berg–Assistant Professor of Voice, Evangel University; Anjie Nowell-Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts; Kay Osborne–Drury University special instructor of arts administration; Lil Olive–Good Girl Art Gallery owner, First Friday Art Walk Board Member; Dr. Thomas Russo–Drury University professor of art and art history; Ron Spigelman–Springfield Symphony Orchestra music director; Randy Russell, Bridget Dierks–Community Foundation of the Ozarks Staff Representatives; Jessica Roussin-Missouri State University, PR Intern.