Springfield Regional Arts Council

(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

City of Springfield

Those who’ve celebrated New Year’s Eve with First Night Springfield will have to find a new way to ring in the new year this December.

The Springfield Regional Arts Council says it won’t produce the event this year for the first time in 25 years.

The non-alcoholic, family-friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration included performers, crafts and fireworks.

(Poster design courtesy www.springfieldartsfest.org)

Artsfest on Walnut Street, the annual arts festival on Historic Walnut Street, is celebrating 35 years of art, food, fun and spring-time this weekend.  It takes place Saturday and Sunday May 2 & 3 on Historic Walnut Street between Hammons Parkway and National Avenue. This year's festival features 130 artists from 16 states, over 80 performances, local food and more.  As Springfield Regional Arts Council Executive Director Leslie Forrester says, "it's chock-full.  You can't make a step without finding some sort of arts experience--whether it be a performance or visual art."

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Ten area non-profit organizations will receive grants this week for 11 different projects from the Springfield Regional Arts Council.  The largest award--$2000—goes to SRO Lyric Theatre for board development training.  They'll also receive a $750 grant to continue their monthly open-mic night, Operazzi.

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

It was graduation day Friday for students of Arts in the Park, an eight-week long summer art program for area children. For many, the program allowed local youth to experience the arts for the first time. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann was at the graduation ceremony.

An excited group of kids gathers inside the Creamery Arts Center, as their parents await a series of presentations. The festivities begin with some of the youngest children reading their individual poems one by one to the entire group.