School Programs

Arts in the Park event

Partners in Education

The Springfield Regional Arts Council is proud to be a Partner-In-Education with Boyd and Field Elementary School in Springfield, Mo. The Arts Council also works with Springfield Public Schools with its Middle College program.

If you are interested in partnering with the Springfield Regional Arts Council, contact Rachel at

Arts in the Park Summer Workshops

Arts in the Park Summer Workshops, now in its 9th year, is an 8-week program of the Arts Council that exposes under-privileged children from the Springfield Community Center to music, dance, theater, literary and visual arts. Held at The Creamery Arts Center, this program was built with the spirit of collaboration in mind, utilizing area arts organizations to each take a week with the students and expose them to various disciplines within their art form. Springfield Little Theatre, Children’s Choirs of Southwest Missouri, Springfield Regional Opera, Springfield Ballet, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Claymobile (a mobile ceramic education program of the Arts Council and Springfield Pottery) and professional teaching artists all have been participants in the past.

The Arts in the Park Summer Workshops program has seen its graduates participate in choir, band, dance, theater and visual art classes throughout their high school career. Through written evaluations, graduates have attested that this program has given them a continued interest in and appreciation for the arts and that the arts exposure given through this program has allowed them to feel more confident in the classroom.

The eight-week program gives the students hands-on art experiences they are not able to have during the school year in class, or due to financial circumstances, are not able to experience at home. The purpose of the program is to instill cultural and academic confidence as well as a lifetime appreciation for the arts.

Arts in the Park Summer Workshops is supported by the Missouri Arts Council, the Musgrave Foundation, and a private donor.

Childhood in its Landscape

The "Childhood in its Landscape, Scholarship for Children" was created by Lil Olive, owner of Good Girl Art and a passionate committee. In 2009, the Childhood in its Landscape committee awarded two years of funding to the Springfield Regional Arts Council for weekly visual arts training throughout the school year for children from the Springfield Community Center in grades 3-6.

The name of the fund was derived from a quote by Lawrence George Durrell. "We are children of our landscape, it dictates behavior, and even thought, in measure to which we are responsive to it."