Sense of Community

(Photo: Missouri State University Art and Design)

We're focusing on the "innovation" this week, and as it happens June 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the IDEA Commons in center-city Springfield. I-D-E-A stands for "Innovation," "Design," "Entrepreneurship," and "Arts." The 88-acre area was developed by Missouri State University with the support of the City of Springfield and the Springfield Building Development Corporation. It's a collaborative community effort to rejuvenate downtown and stimulate economic development by renovating existing buildings, creating new jobs and retaining local talent.

(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.  

(Photo: Randy Stewart)

According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy as a health profession dates back to about 1950. Broadly defined, it’s the clinical use of music in a therapeutic relationship between a client and a credentialed professional to help address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs. The treatment generally involves listening to, creating, singing and/or moving to music. Substance abuse treatment programs are now making use of music and art therapy.  On this edition of “Sense of Community” we’ll talk about music therapy to help treat addiction.

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In this week’s “Sense of Community” series we’ve concentrated on the problem of opioid addiction in our region.  Of course, alcohol abuse is an equally pervasive problem, and you’re going to meet a recovering alcoholic here in Springfield who just celebrated his 24th year of sobriety.

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"As a student group, we call ourselves ‘Students for the Passing of the Narcotics Control Act.’ Which is a really long name” (laughs).

That’s Emily Bone. She’s originally from Illinois, and is a junior majoring in social work at Evangel University.

She tells me the story of that long-named student organization while we sit outside, on her campus on a beautiful March day.

Her story starts  last fall, when Bone’ class began studying opioid abuse in Missouri.