SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) — The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $33 million in grants, and the Springfield Art Museum is one of the organizations that received funds.
The Springfield Art Museum has received $25,000 to present a new interactive exhibit for the community to enjoy. It is one of 19 Missouri organizations to receive this grant. Over 1,400 organizations have been nominated nationally.
The new exhibition is called Yoko Ono Mend Piece.
“It’s a different kind of exhibit for the art museum,” said Joshua Best of the Springfield Art Museum. “It’s an experience of participatory and practical artistic creation. Instead of the art coming to us and us exhibiting it, our community will actually be doing it in the galleries.
The exhibition involves breaking teacups and saucers, then bringing guests together to turn them into new works of art. Once completed, these projects are displayed in the galleries.
“It’s really about focusing on the process of making art as a way to not only create art, but also to work and heal, fix and make broken things again,” Best said. . “We felt it was really important to bring this message to our community, especially during this time when we were battling this pandemic, really focusing on art as a way to not only process our feelings, but also as way to create.”
The City of Springfield Workforce Development also received $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. It will be presented to City Council on February 7 for expenditure approval.
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