Sense of Community

March, June, September, December

From poverty concerns to major policy decisions, this series dives beyond the headlines to provide in-depth coverage of issues facing people and organizations in the Ozarks. KSMU's team of reporters combine for 10 stories each quarter, to air the final weeks of March, June, September and December.

(Photo courtesy Springfield Art Museum)

If you've gone to the Springfield Art Museum lately, you've no doubt noticed some renovation taking place in the main front lobby.  You may have also noticed that the Gift Shop,  just outside the entrance to the Museum's main gallery space, is closed and has been more or less gutted.  Both projects are the result of thinking outside the box about how the Art Museum is serving the public, says Executive Director Nick Nelson.  

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

I am being transported into another world through the use of a head mounted display (HMD), moving about a computer-generated building created by a second-year architecture student. David Beach, assistant professor of architecture at Drury University, explains this is just one of the many innovative techniques used as part of a program where students can virtually navigate their own designs.

Caleb Kraft
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Exiting a narrow, spiral staircase into Caleb Kraft’s basement, the first thing I notice is a pegboard lined with octopodes hanging above a cluttered workbench.

Plural of the sea creature is “octopodes or just octopuses, believe it or not,” Kraft tells me. ”I’ve actually got a whole pile of them somewhere else.”  

The downstairs is equipped with multiple 3D printers. For one device in particular, its test item is what’s called a Rocktopus – an octopus holding up a rock-n-roll hand sign. 

Jennifer Moore / KSMU

Farmers in the Ozarks know how to grow and produce.

But many farmers struggle with getting the word out to potential buyers that their food is available.

In today’s segment on Innovation in the Ozarks, we’re looking at a startup that offers a new, online model for the marketing and exchange of local food.

Here at the Go Farm outdoor market in West Plains, Zerubbabel Ben Emunah and his wife are selling bread, jelly, and hand-stitched blankets. 

Mike Smith / KSMU-FM

Walking  through Missouri State University’s 40,000 square foot eFactory,  a “Technology focused business incubator, and entrepreneurial development center”, its Director, Brian Kincaid,  exclaims:  “One of the interesting things about an incubator  environment, and working with start-up companies, is normal business hours don’t exist.  Our building can be occupied just as much at 1am, as 8am.”  

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