Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival 2016 | Risky Business by Nate Baranowksi | photo, courtesy of Mike Day

FY2017 Annual Report | July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017


The Missouri Arts Council provided $4.8 million in grants for programs by 552 organizations
Our grants served 6.1 million people in 150 communities


Created 6,436 jobs
Hired 51,689 artists
Generated $210 million in organizational revenues
Generated $152 million in salaries
Provided Missouri with $4.6 million in state tax revenue

View, download, and print the complete list of our FY2017 grants with specifics on funded projects, organized by cities

As a public leader, partner, and catalyst, we foster programs that meet our strategic goals.

Engaging people in meaningful arts experiences

Increased funding throughout Missouri from 88% to 95% of state House districts

Presented free workshops by Alzheimer’s Poetry Project founder Gary Glazner for people with memory issues, caregivers, students, and health professionals

Celebrated six culturally vital residents, organizations, and communities with our Missouri Arts Awards

Growing Missouri's economy using the arts

Completed the statewide Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 study alongside local partners Columbia, Hannibal, Joplin, Kansas City, St. Joseph, St. Louis, and Springfield

Participated in Feels Like Home tour with the Department of Economic Development and Missouri Community Betterment to bring resources and strategies to rural Missouri

Presented at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development our Alchemy Award to the City of Kansas City’s Office of Culture and Creative Services for using the arts to boost the local economy

Strengthening Missouri education through the arts

Provided arts integration training in St. Louis and Kansas City to educators and administrators

Visited the Arts Centered Education schools in Kansas City, Columbia, and Sedalia

Directed the Missouri program of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, with state champion Emily Bauer finishing as one of nine national finalists

Kansas City Parks & Recreation’s artwork at the 2016 Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival


Every weekend after Labor Day at the free Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival, blank squares of asphalt blossom into radiant works of art. As people stroll the walkways of Crown Center Square, they experience art being created before their eyes by hundreds of amateur and professional chalk artists. They also enjoy street performers, musicians, dancers, face painters, food trucks and more. A special area for children provides free chalk, places to draw, children’s entertainment, and mini-workshops by local nonprofits. The Festival also offers year-round arts education outreach programs.

Children’s Creative Corridor

Street performers

Dancers Geoffrey Alexander and Kelly Schneider in Big Muddy Dance Company’s Senior Embrace program


“Invigorating life through dance” is the motto of the Big Muddy Dance Company. Invigorating the lives of elderly people is the purpose of Big Muddy’s Senior Embrace program. Every year the St. Louis-based contemporary company travels to 25-30 retirement homes to perform, converse with residents, and conduct movement workshops. The 11 full-time dancers also teach a program for aspiring young professionals, a Summer Intensive, and open classes. Three major theatrical productions each season feature many commissioned works by both renowned and emerging choreographers.

Robert Poe and Ellen Reed | photo, Gerry Love

Ellen Reed teaching the Summer Intensive | photo, Gerry Love

Children’s Arts Festival, February 2017

CREATING AN ARTS HOME FOR A WHOLE COMMUNITY | Arts Council of Southeast Missouri

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau is one of more than 60 local arts councils throughout Missouri that support the arts in their communities. The Council’s monthly First Friday with the Arts gallery walks and annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit help further the revitalization of downtown. The Children’s Arts Festival showcases what arts teachers and their students are doing in their classrooms. The Council also produces classes, lectures, exhibits in its Visual Arts Cooperative Gallery, a plein air competition, a Christmas arts and crafts fair, and much more.

2017 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit on Broadway | Grandiloquence interactive sculpture by Jillian Springer

First Friday With the Arts | painter Craig Thomas teaching a patron at Coin-Op Cantina

Kyle Wiley Pickett, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s music director and conductor, scaled mountains to help create the marketing materials of the record-breaking Extreme Symphony season. | photo, Kurt Smith

TAKING CLASSICAL MUSIC TO NEW HEIGHTS | Springfield Symphony Orchestra

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra keeps breaking records. 2016-17 was the fourth straight year that sales of single tickets beat the previous year’s. The orchestra scales these heights with growing artistic quality, enthusiastic outreach, and adventurous yet accessible programs in themed seasons promoted by high-spirited marketing. 2016-17 was Extreme Symphony—“intense, thrilling, edge-of-your-seat symphonic action.” The campaign included treats such as Beethoven skydiving for Extreme Joy and conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett swimming in his tuxedo for Extreme Aquatic Adventure.

March 2017 concert of the Extreme Symphony season

Video trailer for the Extreme Symphony season

TRYPS’ production of The Music Man, May 2017


The TYRPS Theatre Institute at Stephens College in Columbia works “to teach, reach, and inspire young audiences – not only about theater, but about life’s values.” Through classes, Play Day workshops, camps, and performances, children discover their creativity and themselves. Classes go from age 10 months through teens. Performances range from mini-revues for fellow students to full-blown public productions alongside TRYPS teachers and local actors. TRYPS stands for Theatre Reaching Young People and Schools, and programs include weekday shows for school groups and after-school enrichment.

Characters from Frozen at a TRYPS special event

James and the Giant Peach, April 2017

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