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Representatives from the Missouri Arts Council met with leaders from Springfield's arts community Monday to get input on a new arts program being launched in 2008. KSMU's Emily Nash was at the meeting and reports what changes might be in store for the arts in Springfield.
The Missouri Arts Council is drafting a new arts program for July 2008.
The goal of the program is to establish Missouri as an arts leader.
The Missouri Arts Council or MAC brought its listening tour to Springfield Monday.
Members of MAC met with representatives from various Springfield arts organizations.
MAC has four goals it wants to see accomplished in the next three years.
Through the program MAC wants to see an increase participation in arts programs throughout Missouri.
MAC also wants to grow Missouri's economy, and to strengthen Missouri's Education using the arts.
Bob Noble is the Marketing Director for the Missouri Arts Council and facilitated the meeting Monday.
He says he hopes the new art program will accomplish the goals.
During the meeting Monday, representatives from Springfield's arts organizations discussed various ideas and ways to improve Missouri's Arts Programs.
Ron Spigelman, Music Director for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, says art groups should meet with key leaders in the community.
Members of Springfield artistic community suggested Monday night that artistic directors from arts programs throughout Missouri should meet together regularly to talk about creative strategies.
Many members of the Springfield arts council said they wanted more unity and support from their fellow artists throughout Missouri.
Pam Roubert from the Springfield Area Arts Council says MAC should use technology to be a communication tool for arts programs in the state of Missouri.
One of MAC's goals is to grow Missouri's Economy using the arts.
Carol-Ann Heming with the Missouri State University college of Arts and Letters says business development has a strong tie to arts development.
At the meeting Noble and MAC representatives listened and offered suggestions for improvements.
Noble says MAC wants to use this new program to improve Missouri's state arts standing in the U.S.
MAC will launch the new program Making Missouri an Arts Leader July 1st 2008.
For more information visit www.Missouriartscouncil.org