Springfield Regional Arts Council

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.

Area artists may soon have more options for studio space. Michele Skalicky reports.

VACANT BUILDINGS IN DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD WILL SOON SERVE AS TEMPORARY ARTIST STUDIOS. THE SPRINGFIELD REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL HOPES TO HAVE A BUILDING READY TO GO SOON FOR ITS NEW "STOREFRONT ARTIST STUDIOS" PROGRAM.

THE PROGRAM PAIRS DOWNTOWN DEVELOPERS WITH AREA ARTISTS TO CREATE MORE STUDIO SPACE. OWNERS OF VACANT BUILDINGS ARE BEING ASKED TO ALLOW ARTISTS TO WORK IN THAT SPACE UNTIL THE DEVELOPER FINDS A TENANT OR PURCHASER

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