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(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.  

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Last school year, fourth graders at Springfield’s Boyd Elementary took part in a new program that combines the arts with the teaching of skills needed for employment.

Now, the Springfield Art Museum has received a 2016 Sparks! Ignition Grant from the Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS) for the innovative program, Art@Work. According to IMLS,  these grants "encourage libraries and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide." 

(Photo: Randy Stewart; image courtesy Springfield Art Museum)

A temporary exhibit at the Springfield Art Museum is closed as police investigate a burglary at the facility.

The crime occurred between the hours of 5:30 p.m. on April 6 and 8:45 a.m. on April 7, according to police.

In a news release, Director Nick Nelson says the museum is open; however, the exhibition “The Electric Garden of Our Minds: British/American Pop” is closed, as a security measure.


The Springfield Art Museum will host the inaugural “Box of Ghosts: The 99 Times Party” to support preservation of a historical textile collection discovered during the museum’s recent inventory. Staff discovered a number of exceptional dresses and other textile pieces, some dating back as far as the late 1700s.