Arts News

Every Friday morning, Randy Stewart talks with artists, performers, directors and administrators from the area visual and performing arts scene, and presents a comprehensive calendar of arts events.

(logo courtesy Southwest Missouri Museum Associates)

Art is an important part of the development of any community.  Given the challenges of funding for art programs today, Springfield and surrounding communities are fortunate to have the Springfield Art Museum.   Its long and proud history dates back to 1926 when the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates (SMMA) organized the Art Study Club.  In 1928 that club was incorporated as “Springfield Art Museum” and later deeded the Museum to the City of Springfield.  Today, Southwest Missouri Museum Associates exists for the purpose of promoting and supporting the Springfield Art Museum and art in s

(Logo courtesy www.artandcraftguild.org)

Artists create because they're driven to express something in themselves.  The creative process is fun and rewarding, of course, but most rewarding of all is when an artist can share his or her creation with others. That's the idea behind "Art in the Park," the annual fine-art and contemporary craft show and sale sponsored by the all-volunteer Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild, as part of their mission to support working artists in the area.  Art in the Park celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend at Sequiota Park, 3500 S.

(Logo courtesy www.messiahproject.org)

Messiah Project, Inc.

(Photo courtesy www.springfieldjazzfestival.com)

The 5th annual Springfield Jazz Festival will present a full evening-long jazz festival on two stages around Park Central Square in downtown Springfield, featuring various local artists along with nationally known headliner, trumpeter and jazz educator Bob Lark, performing with the Missouri Jazz Orchestra.  The date is Friday October 3rd, and it's FREE and open to the public.

(Logo courtesy Drury University)

The Drury University Department of Theatre will present "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead " by Bert V. Royal, an "unauthorized parody" of Charles Schultz's "Peanuts" characters. Directed by Madison Spencer, the play opens on Wednesday, October 1st at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre inside Springfield Hall on the Drury campus. Good grief!

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