Thursday, June 6 | Submitted by Laura Head | Downtown Central
(SPRINGFIELD, MO—JUNE 6, 2013) After both an exciting and successful debut at Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street, the Giving Meters, an initiative sponsored by the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District, Urban Districts Alliance, and the City of Springfield, are finding their permanent homes along the sidewalks of downtown.
The giving meters are refitted parking meters with the purpose of providing an outlet for people to give their spare change, rather than giving it directly to panhandlers. Money raised will be distributed by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to local organizations with initiatives to provide assistance to those in need.
The meters were painted and in some cases, sculpted by local artists, including art students at Drury University and Missouri State University to fit with the eclectic downtown environment.
A total of 14 meters were decorated. Five have currently been installed at the following locations:
Park Central East- Scott Sauer, Artist
South & Walnut- Drury University Photography Department
Square & PC South- Nicholas Tarr, Artist
Jefferson & Walnut- David Cogorno- Drury University, Artist
UDA & McDaniel- Penny Gordon-Chumbley, Artist
Installation of the meters is headed up by Jonathan Gano with Springfield Public Works.The remaining nine meters will be placed at other locations within the downtown CID area.
Jonathan Gano, Public Works – 864-1961
Chris Ball, CID Chairman – 866-1904
Laura Head, CID Image Enhancement Committee – 693-0827
Urban Districts Alliance – 831-6200
Additional Photos can be viewed here.