Stephanie Cramer

(Photo courtesy Springfield Regional Arts Council)

Every summer the Springfield Regional Arts Council cooperates with the Springfield Community Center to present a six-week program for kids in Zones 1 and 2 who are served by the Community Center.  It's called "Arts in the Park"--Jordan Valley Park, to be exact, where the Arts Council's Creamery Arts Center offices are located. Each week during the six-week program, representatives  from Springfield's major visual and performing arts groups conduct week-long workshops with the kids based on each organization's specialty: the Symphony, Little Theatre, the Opera, the Art Museum, and so on.

(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