Growing Up in the Arts

growing up in the arts

Growing Up in the Arts

Growing Up in the Arts provides weekly arts education instruction, including visual, performing or literary arts, to underserved youth in the Springfield region. We currently work with a variety of community partners to bring arts experiences to underserved youth in Springfield.

Growing Up in the Arts is designed to instill cultural and academic confidence and a lifetime appreciation for the arts in area at-risk youth. The program is structured to give students a balance between hands-on exposure to several disciplines within each art form and the opportunity to experience live performances, art galleries and concerts.

Each week's curriculum is also designed around a focus of literacy through art. The teaching artists integrate interdisciplinary subjects including literature, constructive critiques, and exercises that engage the students in reading, writing and verbal discussions.

Our current partners have been selected because Growing Up in the Arts is dedicated to providing free access to arts programming for underserved, at risk youth, and these facilities serve that demographic. We currently work with over 95 youth in our community each week. If you are interested in becoming a partner, contact Rachel at



Mini Monet is a Pre-K Program held weekly at Monarch Children’s Academy and Lighthouse Child Development. Our teaching artist pairs a story with a hands-on project that teaches 4-5 year old youth about words, art, and teamwork.


Childhood in Its Landscape is a once a week, after-School Program at the Boys and Girls Club Henderson Unit for upper elementary and middle school students. Our teaching artist creates age appropriate art activities that encourage creative and critical thinking.


Arts in the Park was built with the spirit of collaboration in mind, utilizing local arts organizations and teaching artists who are asked to provide quality art experiences in their areas of expertise, and rotating each week between disciplines including art, music, theatre, poetry and more.

For 17 years, this was our largest "Growing Up in the Arts" program. Arts in the Park enrolled students directly from the Springfield Community Center. In their search for a new director in 2019, the Community Center has put a hold on programming.

As of Fall 2019, our partners include:

  • Springfield Dream Academy

  • Boys and Girls Club – Henderson Unit

  • Robberson Community School

  • Monarch Children’s Academy

  • Harmony House


Would you like to learn more about Growing Up in the Arts, how to partner with us, or how to host your own program?

Contact Rachel Johnson, Director of Exhibits and Programming at or call 417-862-2787


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Council and the Musgrave Foundation. Underwriters include: National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri Arts Council, Musgrave Foundation, Childhood in its Landscape, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Freelander Family Trust, Junior League of Springfield.


NEA Missouri Arts Council


Junior League of Springfield, MO