Springfield Art Museum

Megan Burke

A variety of colleges and universities, government agencies and civil rights groups joined hands Wednesday night in Springfield to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination.


The event was held at the Springfield Art Museum and featured a discussion, spoken word pieces, theatrical performances and fine art.


City of Springfield

The Springfield Art Museum has hired an architectural firm to develop a master plan for its building and grounds.

According to museum officials, recent significant growth in the number of visitors, increased demand for expanded services and aging and outdated education facilities prompted the decision to hire BNIM to create a master plan.

Funding will be provided by what officials call “a generous anonymous donor.”

Springfield Art Museum
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The Springfield Art Museum wants to create a master plan that explores renovating its building and grounds. It’s issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for firms, or teams of firms, that can provide professional services for creation of the plan.

The action, announced Thursday, serves as a prelude to is 90th birthday in 2018.

(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 courtesy www.missouristate.edu)

Missouri State University is collaborating with Springfield-Greene County Library, University Heights Baptist Church, and the Springfield Art Museum to present "500 Years of Reformations." The Reformations of the sixteenth century radically changed the churches of Western Europe, and later shaped the religious landscape of the Ozarks as well. This series of local events marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses through an exploration of the history, books, visual arts, and music of the various movements — Protestant and Catholic — that emerged.