Signature Class Recap: Arts & Quality of Life

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Posted by: Stacy Schneider on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 4:00:00 pm

We began our program day with breakfast and learning at the Springfield Art Museum. Presenter Leslie Forrester, with the Springfield Regional Arts Council, presented on the economic impact of the arts in Springfield. From there, our class took a tour of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and learned about the future of the environment and the ‘Integrated Plan’ via leaders from the City of Springfield, Botanical Center, and Friends of the Garden. After learning about this rich environment, we took a tour with Chef Paul Allen, owner of Farm 2 Counter. His connection between the environment, food, and neighborhood revitalization has a huge effect on quality of life in the surrounding areas. To continue learning about neighborhood revitalization, we took a bus tour through Moon City Creative District with Zone 1 Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson and artist Linda Passeri. The class learned its history and how it impacts the district from a local artist perspective. After the tour, we arrived at the Creamery Arts Center for lunch and listened to a panel discussion with speakers from the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Jordan Valley Sculpture Walk, and Ozarks Greenways. After an in-depth tour of the Creamery Arts Center, the class was introduced to the Springfield Regional Opera and treated to a performance by Sean Spyers. This performance led into the next destination: a tour of the Springfield Little Theatre where we were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour with director Beth Domann. The class learned the history of the Landers Theatre and the community impact of performing arts. While at the theatre, Jeff Jenkins gave us tools for professional and personal development with an improv workshop. It was an amazing opportunity to learn more about the arts in our community and reflect on how lucky we are to have these resources in a city our size.

 

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