Thursday, January 19 | Submitted by Stephanie Cramer | Downtown Central
Bidding is now open featuring seventy-one heart-themed original, local artworksfor the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s (SRAC) 4th annual “Hearts for the Arts”, a fundraising exhibition and silent auction. All bids start at $10, are accepted in $5 increments and can be made online at SpringfieldArts.org or in person atThe Creamery Arts Center.
Now in its 4th year, “Hearts for the Arts” has raised thousands in auction sales thanks to local artists from the area who created “Hearts” that are bid on by art patrons from all over the world. All proceeds go to support SRAC’s year-round artseducation programming that hires local teaching artists and arts organizations to work with at-risk youth as well as area after-school and weekend programs. Programs include Free Art Day, Growing Up in the Arts and field trips to TheCreamery Arts Center. In 2010, the SRAC reached over 20,000 children in the 27-county region the Arts Council serves.
Bidding will culminate on First Friday Art Walk, Friday, Feb. 3 with a free public reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On line bidding will end at 8 p.m. and in person gallery bidding will end at 9 p.m.
“Hearts for the Arts” is presented this year by AT&T Real Yellow Pages.
The SRAC, incorporated in 1978, connects people and the arts. It supports some of the most prominent visual, performing, literary and film/media arts organizations within 27 counties, the largest outreach of any in the state of Missouri. The current mission of the SRAC is to transform lives and enrich our Community through the Arts. The SRAC also manages The Creamery Arts Center, which houses the offices of the SRAC, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Ballet, Springfield Regional Opera, Springfield Community Center and Care to Learn, as well as a board room, classrooms, instrument storage, arts library, exhibition hall, film editing bays and shared costume and set design shops managed by the Springfield Little Theatre.