Springfield Regional Arts Council

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley speaks with Leslie Forrester, executive director of the Springfield Regional Arts Council.   

Today’s conversation explores the findings of a recent study examining the financial contribution the arts bring to Springfield and surrounding communities.

(Logo courtesy Springfield Regional Arts Council)

The largest fine arts festival in Southwest Missouri, Artsfest on Walnut Street, will mark 38 years of supporting artists and art enthusiasts in the Ozarks when the Walnut Street Historic District will be filled to capacity with visual and performing artists—not to mention more than 20,000 art lovers—on May 5th and 6th.  Applications for artists, nonprofits and performers are now open for this year’s Artsfest, and the Springfield Regional Arts Council is in the middle of the big push toward the deadline, Tuesday February 20.

Randy Stewart / KSMU

The Springfield Regional Arts Council held a press conference Wednesday morning to announce the findings of a yearlong survey that documents the economic impact of the non-profit arts and culture industry in the Springfield area.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Regional Arts Council)

"This is an iconic weekend--it's called 'Artsfest weekend,'" says Marty Goodnight.  He's the Chair of the Artsfest Committee, and of course he's talking about Artsfest on Walnut Street, southwest Missouri's largest fine arts festival, which will celebrate its 37th year (yes!) Friday and Saturday May 6 and 7 in the Walnut Street Historic District, bounded by Kimbrough Avenue on the west and National Avenue on the east.

(Photo: Randy Stewart)

Among the dozens of local offices and organizations who have partnered with the City of Springfield’s Zone Blitz Initiative are arts organizations—the Springfield Art Museum; Springfield Ballet; and the Springfield Regional Arts Council. 

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