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The Springfield Art Museum has raised nearly $16 million toward its $25 million capital campaign for museum improvements.
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The Springfield Art Museum has raised nearly $16 million toward its $25 million capital campaign for museum improvements.

Springfield Art Museum picked for nearly $3M grant

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The Springfield Art Museum was the top local recipient in a $30 million state funding round of coronavirus relief dollars.

The art museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive, is set to receive $2.75 million as part of American Rescue Plan Act tourism funding through the Missouri Department of Economic Development, according to a news release.

The funding goes toward the art museum's $25 million capital campaign. Nearly $16 million has been raised to date for the project that includes exterior improvements, and new educational, public and community spaces.

“We’re so excited and appreciative of the Missouri Department of Economic Development and Gov. [Mike] Parson for this crucial funding, but also for recognizing the importance of the Springfield Art Museum’s renovations and expansion for our local tourism economy,” Springfield Art Museum Director Nick Nelson said in the release. "The museum welcomes thousands of visitors from across the region and across the country, adding much value to our local economy. These visitors have a significant impact as cultural tourists – who studies show stay longer and spend more per visit than other travelers – spend on average 60% more than other travelers."

Through the state's ARPA funding allocation round, the city of Branson was chosen for a $1.6 million grant for field improvements, and the city of Ozark was picked for $1.2 million toward trail expansion, according to a separate news release from the DED.


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I am so pleased to see that the art museum did get ARPA funding. Most people in Springfield would be surprised to know how many people from around our country do make a special trip to Springfield to see such shows as the National Water Color exhibit. When our church was located on S. National it would not be unusual to have tourists stop by just to ask directions to the art museum. I know we once drove to St. Louis to see a rug show.

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