Growing Up in the Arts

Growing Up in the Arts

Growing Up in the Arts provides weekly arts education instruction, including visual, performing or literary arts, to underserved youth in the Springfield region. We currently partner with Monarch Children’s Academy, Boys and Girls Club Henderson Unit and Stalnaker Unit.

Growing Up in the Arts is designed to instill cultural and academic confidence and a lifetime appreciation for the arts in area at-risk youth. The program is structured to give students a balance between hands-on exposure to several disciplines within each art form and the opportunity to experience live performances, art galleries and concerts.

Each week's curriculum is also designed around a focus of literacy through art. The teaching artists integrate interdisciplinary subjects including literature, constructive critiques, and exercises that engage the students in reading, writing and verbal discussions.

Our current partners have been selected because Growing Up in the Arts is dedicated to providing free access to arts programming for underserved, at risk youth, and these facilities serve that demographic. If you are interested in becoming a partner, contact Rachel at



Mini Monet is a Pre-K Program held weekly at Monarch Children’s Academy and Lighthouse Child Development. Our teaching artist pairs a story with a hands-on project that teaches 4-5 year olds about words, art, and teamwork.


Childhood in Its Landscape is a once a week, after-School Program at the Boys and Girls Club Henderson Unit for upper elementary and middle school students. Our teaching artist creates age appropriate art activities that encourage creative and critical thinking.


Arts in the Park was built with the spirit of collaboration in mind, utilizing local arts organizations and teaching artists who are asked to provide quality art experiences in their areas of expertise, and rotating each week between disciplines including art, music, theatre, poetry and more.

By providing our summer workshop series, we provide an outlet for learning and discovery that is different than a typical classroom. We work with students to get weekly feedback to help us track improvements in confidence and comfort describing and critiquing different art techniques, literacy, and communication.

Would you like to learn more about Growing Up in the Arts, how to partner with us, or how to host your own program?

Contact Rachel Johnson, Director of Exhibits and Programming at or call 417-862-2787


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Council and the Musgrave Foundation. Underwriters include: National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri Arts Council, Musgrave Foundation, Childhood in its Landscape, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Freelander Family Trust, Junior League of Springfield.


NEA Missouri Arts Council


Junior League of Springfield, MO