November 24, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 24, 2015 — The Drury on C-Street Gallery will open its December exhibition, “Springfield Strong: Putting a Face to Veteran Homelessness,” with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4.
The reception is free and open to the public, with refreshments provided. Students from Drury’s Music Therapy association, Mu Theta, will provide musical entertainment. A silent auction will be held, with proceeds benefitting The Kitchen, Inc.’s Home At Last program, which aids homeless veterans.
Springfield residents Trysta Herzog and Jessica Mahan began Springfield Strong as a project to spark conversation, collaboration and advocacy for veterans who are, or were, homeless. Their project was born from the question, “What can I do?” For Herzog and Mahan, the answer was to use art and other media to tell the stories for those living with this issue. The exhibit consists of paintings and photographs of veterans as well as the display of an American flag flown during World War I and World War II.
The Kitchen, Inc.’s Home At Last program helps veterans and their families gain access to housing and social services. Considering the fact that veterans are twice as likely than the general population to become chronically homeless, Herzog and Mahan decided this issue should be brought to the community as a whole with hopes for more people asking themselves, “What can I do?”
The exhibition will run Friday, Dec. 4 through Friday, Dec. 11. Gallery viewing hours after the opening reception will be 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. The gallery is located on 233 E. Commercial Street.
For more information, call (417) 873-6359 or visit Drury on C-Street’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DruryCStreet.
About Drury on C-Street
The Drury on C-Street Project is an initiative by Drury University, in partnership with other local organizations, to establish a Drury Center on Commercial Street. This center includes an art gallery, a business resource center, space for weaving looms, architecture classroom and a multi-use area for additional classes and seminars. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is a professional, student-run gallery featuring emerging and established artists. Drury University’s Drury on C-Street Gallery provides arts administration majors the experience of promoting the work of local artists. The gallery connects the community to new and relevant art in an accessible and welcoming environment.
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