$39,000 Granted to Arts & Culture Nonprofits in Southwest Missouri

Arts and Culture Grant 2019
Moxie Cinema's Mike Stevens and daughter receive $5000 for new programming.

Twelve arts and culture non-profits in Southwest Missouri received $39,000 collectively in grant money through the Springfield Regional Arts Council, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and the Musgrave Foundation.

The grant money is made possible by generous donors who have made gifts to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, specifically designated for arts and culture. Additional funding was provided by The Musgrave Foundation. The Springfield Regional Arts Council is tasked with leading a committee to determine how these funds are dispersed.

Recipients include:
  • Downtown Springfield Community Cinema (Moxie Cinema):$5,000 for Exploring Visual Literacy Field Trips
  • Drury University: $1,525 for Beyond New Works: New Plays, Theatre Communities, and Professional Networks
  • Friends of Abilities First: $4,000 for Arts for All
  • Hlabeard Productions:$5,000 for the SATO48 Community Feedback for Filmmakers App – Phase 2
  • Mt. Vernon Community Betterment Council:$500 Let Us Tell You A Story project
  • Plotline:$3,180 for at 2-Week Filmmaking Camp at Robberson Elementary
  • Queen City Rock Camp: $3,000 for the Queen City Rock Camp 2019 Season
  • Queen City Voices: $1,500 for Christmas 2019 and Spring 2019 Concerts
  • Sculpture Walk Springfield: $5,000 for the Sculpture Walls Springfield project
  • Springfield R-12 Public School District: $2,500 for the Springfield Regional Arts Integration Conference
  • Springfield Regional Opera: $5,000 for the Springfield Regional Opera 2019-2020 Season
  • Taneycomo Festival Orchestra: $2,795 for the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra New Audience


“The SRAC Grantmaking Committee was faced with an outstanding number of applications this year,” says Leslie Forrester, SRAC Executive Director. “We received 23 applications totaling over $97,000 with $39,000 to distribute.”

The grant funds are intended to support the goals of the Springfield Cultural Plan and the issues identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County, including audience development, sustainable funding, growth, capacity building, diversity and inclusion, and outreach to youth and senior citizens.

Grants were awarded at a ceremony during Artsfest on Walnut on May 4, 2019.

Click here to see more photos from the award ceremony.

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