The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced Friday, July 15th, that the Springfield Art Museum is one of 7 museums in North America to receive a 2016 Sparks! Ignition Grant for Museums. These prestigious and highly competitive grants fund innovative projects at the intersection of museum programming and community service.
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The Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) honored Springfield Art Museum Curator of Art, Sarah Buhr with the 2016 Promising Leadership Award at their annual conference on July 30th in Minneapolis, MN. This award acknowledges Buhr’s demonstrated “ability to organize and lead projects with local and national scope,” as well as her “admirable interest in promoting the work of artists across the Midwest,” according to Charity Counts, Executive Director of the AMM.
The popular public art experiment, prominently featured on the Museum’s lawn is set to be disassembled Monday afternoon as part of Drury University’s new student Service Plunge. The outdoor exhibition gallery, made up of murals and graffiti panels, has been continuously changing since its installation in summer of 2015. The House of Art(S) is the second temporary public art collaboration between the Springfield Art Museum and Drury University’s Art of Space, with support provided by the Missouri Arts Council, the Hammons School of Architecture, and Conco.