Former Missouri State University professor of theater and dance, Dr. Byrne Blackwood, passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019, at the age of 88. Dr. Blackwood was the 'face and heart' of Tent Theatre, Missouri State University's annual summer theatre festival.
Russ and Janet Rose have played an integral role in Artsfest on Walnut Street for over 30 years. Their enthusiasm and dedication throughout the history of this iconic event has never waned, and the couple has set the bar for other volunteers. From gate admission to booth tear-down, they have worked equally as hard at every task. As the festival grew, Russ and Janet helped establish the volunteer corps necessary to keep Artsfest running smoothly. Their hard work in the volunteer force has been passed down to their children.