Regional Programs

Poetry Out Loud

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with State and Local Arts Agencies of the United States to support the expansion of Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. This exciting program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

After successful pilot programs in Washington, DC, and Chicago, the second phase of Poetry Out Loud was launched in high schools across America in the spring of 2006 with tens of thousands of students participating. Last year, over 300,000 students competed.

The Springfield Regional Arts Council coordinates the Southwest regional competition annually at The Creamery Arts Center.

For more information or to register for school participation, contact Rachel Johnson at

Sky GallerySky Gallery

Springfield-Branson Airport staff works with the Springfield Regional Arts Council and a committee of area professionals to showcase the artistic talent of the region. Exhibits rotate quarterly and include painting, photography, digital prints, sculpture and a variety of other media.

The airport terminal is open 24 hours. You can also view the current exhibition online.

Artists interested in exhibiting work at Springfield-Branson National Airport should contact the Springfield Regional Arts Council by phone at 417.862.2787 or via email at


Placeworks projects combine visual arts learning with other aspects of your curriculum. Its teaching artists work with you to design a program that fits your students’ needs. Sign up for three sessions and a field trip or submit your own interdisciplinary idea!

This program is FREE and requires only your cooperation, time and space for the learning to happen and a place to display student work. For more information, visit