Placeworks offers a wide range of customized arts experiences for students and teachers in rural schools at no cost to school districts. Since 2010, Placeworks has collaborated with over 30 school districts in southwest Missouri and served more than 10,000 students. Programming is available for K-12 students, including special education and gifted classrooms. Placeworks is a partnership of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Springfield Art Museum, with funding from the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation managed by the Commerce Trust Company.
Field Trips to the Springfield Art Museum
Teaching artists lead tours that feature hands-on gallery activities and encourage active student engagement with art. Transportation costs are covered through the generosity of the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Apply here.
A Placeworks teaching artist designs and leads an arts-integrated project to address a content area of the teacher's choosing. This option typically consists of three classroom visits by the teaching artist and a field trip. Projects may involve visual art, music, drama, creative writing, dance or a combination of multiple art forms. Apply here.
Offered in conjunction with the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, this option includes two classroom visits as well as field trips to the Springfield Art Museum and the Watershed Center located at Valley Water Mill Park. Observation and documentation are fundamental to the fields of both science and art. Using skills and practices drawn from both disciplines, students will investigate and document local ecosystems. Apply here.
Murals and More
Teaching artists work with teachers and students on the creation of a permanent site-specific artwork for their school, like a mural. These projects vary in length. Preference is given to applicants who have participated in a Placeworks field trip or residency in the past. Apply here.
Contact Museum Educator Kate Baird at (417) 837-5700 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.