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Springfield Symphony breaks single ticket record for third straight year

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra ends its 81st consecutive season, Heroes & Legends, once again with record high single ticket sales for the nine subscription concert season.

The Symphony is pleased to report a 28% increase over budgeted goal in single ticket revenue for the 2015-2016 season and an 8% increase over last season’s single ticket record breaking goal.

Springfield Art Museum Receives Competitive Federal Innovation Grant

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.

Springfield Ballet, Inc. Welcomes New Board Members

Springfield Ballet, Inc. is proud to welcome 6 new board members to its roster this year. Springfield Ballet’s Board of Directors comprises of 19 community leaders from all sectors of Springfield. This year’s new members are:

Andrea Brady, Great Southern Bank

Will Carter, Central Bank/Central Trust

Dan Cobb

Michael Miller, Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law

Kay Osborne, LKO, LLC

Caitlin Vincel, Bio-Kinetic Clinical Applications

Springfield Art Museum Curator Earns Regional Museum Leadership Award

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.

City GIS staff create 80-stop virtual tour down Springfield's stretch of Historic Route 66

The City of Springfield’s Geographic Information Systems division has created an intensive 80-stop “story map” of Historic Route 66 through Springfield utilizing mapping software Esri.

Esri Story Maps let users combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images and multimedia content, making it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell a story.

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Branson Arts Council Brings 12 Acclaimed Missouri Artists to Exhibition at the Branson Convention Center

The Branson Arts Council, in collaboration with the Branson Convention Center, is pleased to announce the opening of a first ever, fine art exhibition featuring 12 acclaimed Missouri artists.  These artists will display their award winning artwork, ranging from oils to acrylics to photography, at the Branson Convention Center located at 200 South Sycamore, Branson, MO, starting on August 26, 2016 and running thru January 26, 2017.  The artists were chosen by a special panel of jurists because of their talents, distinctions and accolades.

Springfield Art Museum and Drury University to de-install House of Art(S)

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.

Awards presented to Area Artists

Neosho Arts Council presented the 21st Annual Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition and Exhibition Saturday September 10. The event judge, Cynthia Brown, was on hand to present over a dozen awards to area artists.


Brown is a professional abstract painter from Tulsa, OK. She holds an MFA from the University of Tulsa, has worked as an art teacher, and been featured in a number of solo and two person exhibitions. Recently Brown was selected to take part in an artist residency at the Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia.


Springfield Ballet, Inc. Welcomes New Board Member Mary A. Ling

Springfield Ballet, Inc. is proud to welcome Mary A. Ling as a new board member. Mary has been selected to replace a seat vacated by a member who moved to the Kansas City area. Mary is the Global Senior Human Resources Manager at Positronic Industries. Mary brings a balanced background of human resources and finance to the table and is keenly interested in making the future of Springfield brighter for its children. Springfield Ballet welcomes Mary and looks forward to our work with her.