Speaking of the Arts

A Professional Development Series of Workshops: Meeting the Need

In 2010, the Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC) hosted roundtables, conducted surveys and met with community leaders to build a vision for the future of Springfield and the arts community.

One of the stand-out items from the many months of research was that while the professional artists and 60+ arts organizations in the area were producing a quality product, building capacity was a growing concern for sustainability. This need has been addressed in both the new community strategic plan and the 2011 Community Focus Report Card.

As the leader in the arts in Springfield and Southwest Missouri, the SRAC has put together Speaking of the Arts (SOTA), a professional development series for artists and arts organizations to serve the 27-county region. Area experts each month throughout the year will lecture on trends, best practices and resources for our arts community to continue to thrive and enhance overall economic and cultural development.

Support for SOTA is provided by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Missouri Arts Council.