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"The Giving Meters" in Downtown Springfield

Over the last several weeks, a handful of parking meters has been installed in downtown Springfield. But they’re not intended for motorists.
Nick Tarr's Parking Meter on Springfield Square
Nick Tarr's Parking Meter on Springfield Square/ Photo Credit: Shannon Bowers

Over the last several weeks, a handful of parking meters have been installed in downtown Springfield. But they’re not intended for motorists. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers explores this artsy initiative that is helping the homeless.

These up-cycled meters are providing an outlet for people to give their spare change to the needy, without giving directly to panhandlers. The project is called “The Giving Meters” and they were designed by Drury University and Missouri State University art students and local artists.

Nick Tarr is the head graphic designer at Pinnacle Signs, and the artist behind the parking meter at the corner of Park Central West and South Street.

He explains that the Urban District Alliance is how he first became involved.

“Yeah, I am glad to see that the UDA trying to think of creative ways to one, give back to the community, and two, evolving people-creative outlets. You know what I mean? Like creating opportunities to create,” said Tarr.

While only five of the meters are currently installed, nine meters will soon be placed at other locations within the downtown area. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks will distribute the money raised to local organizations that provide assistance to those in need.

For KSMU News, I’m Shannon Bowers.

Five Meters are installed at the following locations:

  1. Park Central East Scott Sauer, Artist
  2. South & Walnut Drury University Photography Department
  3. Square & PC South Nicholas Tarr, Artist
  4. Jefferson & Walnut David Cogorno- Drury University, Artist
  5. UDA & McDaniel Penny Gordon-Chumbley, Artist