Springfield Regional Arts Council

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. 

(Banner design courtesy Springfield Regional Arts Council)

Artsfest on Walnut Street, a celebration of the visual and performing arts now in its 36th year, will be held Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Walnut Street, from National Avenue to just east of Kimbrough Avenue. The event is sponsored by Great Southern Bank and the Springfield Regional Arts Council, and managed by the Downtown Springfield Association.

(Photo: Randy Stewart)

It's a busy Saturday morning at the Creamery Arts Center in Jordan Valley Park, home to the Springfield Regional Arts Council and numerous local arts organizations.  On this particular morning Springfield Ballet is hosting a cast party for their Nutcracker production; a science seminar for kids is taking place upstairs.  And in the Creamery's Exhibition Hall, numerous youngsters ages 3 and up are gathering with parents, grandparents, foster parents and adult guardians for the Arts Council's holiday edition of "Free Art Day."  Enthusiastically presiding over it all is the Arts Council's Dire