Springfield Art Museum

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.

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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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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. 

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Prep work has begun on Sun Target II, John Henry’s abstract sculpture and two other sculptures on the Springfield Art Museum grounds. It’s the beginning of the public art’s restoration process, which is set to begin in earnest on Monday.

The Museum raised $17,100 to make improvements to the grounds, most of which came through the #SaveTheFrenchFries Campaign on Give Ozarks Day.

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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."