Community Arts Program
The MU Extension Community Arts Program is a three-way partnership between MU Extension, the University of Missouri and Missouri communities to promote and foster community and economic development through the arts.
Across the United States, rural communities are discovering creative and innovative ways to use the arts to help reshape and bolster their social, physical and economic well-being. The arts can play a crucial and valuable role in local community and economic development efforts.
This initiative began in January 2012 with six central Missouri communities actively engaged during the first year in Creativity and Community Engagement Workshops with MU Arts faculty and MU Extension faculty — exploring and planning for using the arts as a strategy to enhance community building, spark innovation and create new economic opportunity. The City of Lexington was awarded the first pilot project community in January 2013. For more information on the MU Extension Community Arts Pilot Project in Lexington, visit Lexington chosen for MU Extension Community Arts Project.
St. Louis Storytelling Festival
May 4 through May 7, 2016
The MU Extension Community Arts Program partners with the St. Louis Storytelling Festival to bring culturally diverse storytellers to Missouri. The three-day festival will feature six national and more than 25 regional storytellers in a variety of events that are all free and open to the public. For more information, visit the St. Louis Storytelling Festival website.
The Arts as a Portal to Science
July 24 through July 28, 2016
Come to Mizzou this summer and experience an atmosphere that promotes creativity, imagination and innovation! Experience a science lab and work beside world famous scientists where their recent discoveries will be revealed. Experience an art studio and explore the arts as a way to understand and communicate the complexity of science. For more information on this camp for high school students ages 15 to 18, visit the Arts as a Portal to Science event website.
By pledging your support today, your gift will help MU Extension’s Community Arts Program continue to work with a multi-generational population in Missouri using the arts to build vibrant communities and create economic opportunity.