C-Street

Architecture students help envision future of Kitchen Inc. campus

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 11, 2016 — The Hammons School of Architecture’s Center for Community Studies (CCS) will lead a visioning exercise this weekend that could help define the future of 3.5 acres of land on Commercial Street currently owned by The Kitchen, Inc.

Students and faculty from the CCS will lead a design charrette to help stakeholders envision conceptual ideas for the renewal of the site. This intensive workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Savoy Ballroom, 224 E. Commercial St.

The workshop is open to the public. Partners and stakeholders who will be represented include The Kitchen Inc., the Commercial Club, the Landmarks Board, City of Springfield Planning and Development, and the University of Missouri-Extension. This workshop will lead to further study by Drury architecture students, who will present design possibilities to stakeholders in the coming months.

The Missouri Hotel is the anchor of the redevelopment study. The landmark was designed by local architects Heckenlively & Mark, and originally opened as the Greene Tavern Hotel in April 1930. In addition to the Missouri Hotel, there are seven other buildings on the campus property. With The Kitchen Inc.’s decision to sell its Commercial Street properties and relocate, this section of Commercial Street is now on the market. The property extends from Benton to Jefferson along Commercial Street and south along Jefferson Avenue for a block and a half.

“As the east gateway to the Commercial Street area, this complex of buildings and buildable spaces occupies an important location for the C-Street District and the Springfield community,” says Jay Garrott, professor of architecture and director of the CCS. “The redevelopment of this property represents a potential physical, economic and emotional tipping point for C-Street and all of Midtown. Our goal is to help illuminate the possibilities for both the community and for developers.”

Design Charrette Schedule

10 a.m. – Orientation and tour of the Missouri Hotel and Kitchen Inc. campus

11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Charrette teams work on proposals

2 p.m. – Discussion of ideas with reviewers and larger group

About the Center for Community Studies

The Center for Community Studies is the interdisciplinary research and academic outreach component of the Hammons School of Architecture. The mission of the center is to assist the regional community in exploring and promoting innovative planning, design and development practices that respond to the challenges of our contemporary and future society and foster a healthier and sustainable habitat for our global community. The Center has worked with more than 60 communities across the region over the last 15 years. Visioning projects inside the City of Springfield have included the West Central Neighborhood Route 66 corridor and a center city housing study.

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Media Contacts: Jay G. Garrott, Professor of Architecture: (417) 873-7371 or (417) 818-8289; or Jeff Barber, MU Extension: (417) 343-5682.

“Reflections” features work by local street photographers at C-Street Gallery

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 28, 2014 — The Drury on C-Street Gallery will open “Reflections” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 2, at the Drury on C-Street Gallery, located at 233 E. Commercial St. Curated by Drury Professor Emeritus, Tom Parker, the exhibit will highlight the photography of area street photographers Steven Spencer and Andrew Harris.

Steven Spencer says of the show, “I do believe unless you bring Truman Capote in to make something better this show is going to rock. So as I always tell Tom Parker, you better get extra crackers because we’re going to break the record.”

The reception will feature musical entertainment by Orlando native and producer DJ Nick Fury. Food and drink will be provided.

“Reflections” will run May 2-16, 2014. 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 Saturdays. For more information, call (417) 873-6359 or visit Drury on C-Street’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DruryCStreet.

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. The Gallery aims to inspire and enrich the community through a diverse, quality experience. To further its goals, the Gallery strives to create and maintain strong local partnerships.

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Drury inspires motivation by using art to connect on C-Street

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 7, 2013 — For the thirteenth year in a row, a Drury class is partnering with The Kitchen, Inc. to create and inspire art with residents of the Missouri Hotel.  The class is called Building Community through the Arts and its goal is to provide those living in the Missouri Hotel an artistic outlet over the course of two weeks, with a final exhibition on Friday, June 14 from 1-3:30 p.m. at Drury on C-Street located at 233 E. Commercial St.

This year, for the first time, the Drury class is also working with young people from the Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center. Rare Breed works with homeless and high-risk people between the ages of 13 and 20. “The young people from Rare Breed are so close in age to us that we get a perspective about how well we have it and we’re actually considered their peers,” said Philip Dozier, a fourth year accounting major. “We can impact their lives and let them know that they have a lot of opportunities left and they can seek out those opportunities.”

This year, the theme is: Community as masterpiece: The art of the fresh start. “Drury promotes engaged learning from a liberal arts perspective and this class synthesizes talent, insights and social concerns,” said Dr. Rebecca Burrell, the instructor for Building Community Through the Arts. “It gives us the opportunity to work together as a community studio. These Drury students are artists in working with the youth and residents through our various arts interests:  music, art, poetry and dance.”

Building Community Through the Arts, typically a graduate level course is also available to undergraduate students majoring or minoring in Arts Administration or Entrepreneurship. The class is designed to offer students an approach to creativity in everyday living and learning, while giving students the opportunity to make a difference within the Drury neighborhood by introducing those experiencing poverty to visual arts, music and literature. Students explore poverty through the text A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne.

“For the people we work with, the class is about motivation and inspiration,” said Tarynn Gritzner, a senior arts administration and theatre major. “Everyone can do some type of art. Hopefully, that will lead to some self-awareness.”

Also this year, the class has dedicated the exhibition to Sister Lorraine Biebel, who founded The Kitchen, Inc. in 1983.

The exhibition of the work is free and open to the public from 1-3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14 at Drury on C-Street. The artwork will be on display at Drury on C-Street through the end of June.

Media Contact: Rebecca Burrell, Ed.D., Drury adjunct professor of education, Office: (417) 873-7349, E-mail: rburrell@drury.edu
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Chelsea Mulkey, Student Media Relations Chair, Mobile: (417) 872-9682, Email: cmulkey@drury.edu

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Drury University Arts Administration Students Organize a Holiday Exhibit at Drury on C-Street Art Gallery

Springfield, Mo., Dec. 5, 2012 Drury University’s Arts Administration students are hosting Santa’s Little Helpers Gift Gallery opening from 6-9 PM on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Drury on C-Street Art Gallery, located at 233 E. Commercial Street in Springfield. Works featured in the gallery include items from fiber arts to photography to jewelry, all created by local artists. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is providing a chance for residents and students of Springfield to find a unique and one-of-a-kind gift for everyone on their holiday shopping list.

Santa’s Little Helpers is the first gallery display the current Arts Administration Practicum class has planned, organized, and showcased this school year. Community members are invited to come and appreciate the efforts of the students and buy some hand-made, local art pieces, providing the perfect holiday gift for anyone on the list. The expectations of the opening have been best expressed by the Arts Administration Practicum professor, Sara Cochran:

“The Santa’s Little Helpers opening is a culmination of the arts administration practicum students’ whole semester of learning. These students have worked very hard to gather best practices for the gallery through the other shows with which they have assisted. We are excited to share this exhibit with the community and gain valuable feedback.”

Drury on C-Street Gallery is a collaborative space used by Arts Administration students and the Drury Architecture program and contains the Commercial Street Business Resource Center, the Harriet Mears Weaving Studio, an architecture studio, and the art gallery. This new addition to the growing economy of Commercial Street provides a space where students and local residents can connect and share an interest in artistic endeavors. The space also houses activities such as an art and music class for special needs children living in the area. Increased local interest has been budding with excitement of the potential this unique space provides for the Springfield community.

Contact: Tarryn Gritzner, Cell (319) 404 – 4862, Email tgritzner@drury.edu

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A discussion of vintage style and social media at Drury on C-Street

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 31, 2012 — Drury on C-Street will host Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, co-owners of Red Velvet and lifestyle bloggers on A Beautiful Mess on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Drury on C-Street is located at 233 E. Commercial Street. This event is free and open to the public.

Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

Red Velvet is a local venture founded in 2002 by Elsie Larson, Rachel Denbow and Emma Chapman. Located at 211 E. Commercial Street, The Red Velvet team is now an internationally recognized independent label in addition to its successful online shop focused on vintage and independent designer fashion and accessories.

Larson and Chapman operate A Beautiful Mess, a lifestyle blog that features vintage ideas for crafts, recipes, photography, hair and makeup, home décor, and fashion. Started in 2007, the blog has become a platform for sharing daily inspirations, and it has led to Larson and Chapman receiving their first book deal.

This presentation is part of Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy, which is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact, and the implications for journalism and democracy.

For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.

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The work of disabled artists featured at Drury on C-Street

Springfield, Mo., July 3, 2012— On July 6, 2012 as a part of C-Stroll, The Drury on C-Street Gallery will present an exhibition from VSA entitled Where we can read the wind. This exhibition features visual artists from VSA’s second literary and visual arts anthology of the same name.

Highlighting the talents of 11 professional artists with disabilities from the state ofMissouri, this traveling exhibition will be featured in The Drury on C-Street Gallery for the months of July and August. Where we can read the wind will also travel to Hannibal Arts Council, Capital Arts in Jefferson City and culminate in an exhibition at the Regional Arts Council in St. Louis, MO. VSA Missouri is thrilled to showcase such talent and dedication by these artists throughout the state of Missouri.

Local visual artist, Christa Carpenter, Willard, is featured in the exhibit.  According to Kay Osborne, Arts Administration Major coordinator and local contact for this exhibit, “Christa has developed a really unique method of painting.  Her work is original, colorful and engaging.   With only 11 artists accepted to the show and 3 exhibits, we are fortunate to be hosting this exhibit.”   Miss Carpenter will be honored during the C-Stroll.

Participating artists include:

Christa Carpenter, Willard, Mo.
Dave Carter, Kirksville, Mo.
Robert Cornman, Sunset Hills, Mo.
Shannon Drew, Wentzville, Mo.
Carol Fleming, St. Louis, Mo.
Lynne Green, St. Louis, Mo.
David Kontra, Norwood, Mo.
Hal Moran, St. Charles, Mo.
Patrick Patterson, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
John Robinson, Kansas City, Mo.
Kimberly Welker, Kansas City, Mo.

The Drury on C-Street Gallery is located at 233 E. Commercial Street at the corner of Commercial and Robberson. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday 12pm-5pm and 6pm-9pm on C-Stroll First Fridays.

Contact: Kay Osborne, Program Director of Arts Administration, Office: 417-873-6359, Email: kosborne@drury.edu

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A celebration of Drury on C-Street

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 10, 2012 — Drury University celebrated the Grand Opening of Drury on C-Street with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on Thursday, May 10 at Drury’s C-Street location at 233 Commercial St. On Thursday night, Drury students, faculty, staff, alumni and trustees celebrated the opening.

From L-R: Stephanie Weddell (white), Sara Cochran (black) and Dr. Kelley Still (pink) celebrate the ribbon cutting at Drury on C-Street

“Drury has been doing projects on C-Street for 15 years, in classes and in co-curricular activities,” said Dr. Still. “Drury needed more space for its fiber arts classes and it gives our arts administration majors a gallery to run. At Drury, we do experiential learning very well, and Drury on C-Street gives our students more real-world opportunities.”

Drury on C-Street opened in September 2011, and during the last academic year it has offered many opportunities for students, including:

  • Fiber arts classes, including a weaving studio, which will be dedicated in honor of Harriet Mears at the Grand Opening.
  • The C-Street Business Resource Center gives students experience consulting with C-Street businesses and organizations on everything from marketing and social media to website design and accounting.
  • Arts administration students manage the gallery that gets more than 200 visitors on First Friday C-Street Strolls. Drury art students are also able to sell their work in the Student Gift Gallery.
  • Arts administration majors have facilitated music and art classes for special needs children. Programming is being developed for more outreach programs with fiber arts beginning in the fall.
  • Drury on C-Street will be busy this summer with interns working in the C-Street Business Resource Center, an Invitational Wildlife Art Show for the month of June and the VSA Arts & Disabilities Tour in July.
  • An architecture studio that currently houses the Professional Communications class. They have been concepting bike/bus hubs for the City of Springfield.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) granted Drury a below market rate, “mission-related” loan to fund the build out of the C-Street space. During the last academic year, Dr. Still and Drury’s Development office have raised enough pledges from alumni and community members to more than pay back the loan within the five-year window. Now, Drury on C-Street is in the grant process with several foundations, and the community and alumni support Drury on C-Street has received will help demonstrate its sustainability.

Besides its donors and CFO, Drury on C-Street would also like to thank: The Urban Districts Alliance, The City of Springfield, Commercial Club and the Commercial Street Merchants Association for their work in making the C-Street facility possible.

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A Grand Opening celebration for Drury on C-Street

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 3, 2012 — “What’s good for Springfield is good for Drury, and what’s good for Drury is good for Springfield.” That statement from Drury’s Dr. Kelley Still is the philosophy behind Drury on C-Street, a Drury space on Commercial Street featuring academic programming, internships and art.

Drury on C-Street

On Thursday, May 10 at 11 a.m., Drury and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting for Drury on C-Street. That evening, Drury students, faculty, staff, donors and community members will celebrate the Grand Opening of Drury on C-Street from 6:30-9 p.m.  Drury on C-Street is located at 233 E. Commercial St. in Springfield.

“Drury has been doing projects on C-Street for 15 years, in classes and in co-curricular activities,” said Dr. Still. “Drury needed more space for its fiber arts classes and it gives our arts administration majors a gallery to run. At Drury, we do experiential learning very well, and Drury on C-Street gives our students more real-world opportunities.”

Drury on C-Street opened in September 2011, and during the last academic year it has offered many opportunities for students, including:

  • Fiber arts classes, including a weaving studio, which will be dedicated in

    Students working at C-Street

    honor of Harriet Mears at the Grand Opening.

  • The C-Street Business Resource Center gives students experience consulting with C-Street businesses and organizations on everything from marketing and social media to website design and accounting.
  • Arts administration students manage the gallery that gets more than 200 visitors on First Friday C-Street Strolls. Drury art students are also able to sell their work in the Student Gift Gallery.
  • Arts administration majors have facilitated music and art classes for special needs children. Programming is being developed for more outreach programs with fiber arts beginning in the fall.
  • Drury on C-Street will be busy this summer with interns working in the C-Street Business Resource Center, an Invitational Wildlife Art Show for the month of June and the VSA Arts & Disabilities Tour in July.
  • An architecture studio that currently houses the Professional Communications class. They have been concepting bike/bus hubs for the City of Springfield.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) granted Drury a below market rate, “mission-related” loan to fund the build out of the C-Street space. During the last academic year, Dr. Still and Drury’s Development office have raised enough pledges from alumni and community members to more than pay back the loan within the five-year window. Now, Drury on C-Street is in the grant process with several foundations, and the community and alumni support Drury on C-Street has received will help demonstrate its sustainability.

“We are delighted to partner with Drury on this important project that will benefit not only C-Street and Drury students, but also the community overall,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “Our mission- related investing program is designed for high-impact projects that help us achieve our desired double-bottom line of an investment return and an investment in the community.”

Besides its donors and CFO, Drury on C-Street would also like to thank: The Urban Districts Alliance, The City of Springfield, Commercial Club and the Commercial Street Merchants Association for their work in making the C-Street facility possible.

Media contact: Dr. Kelley Still, Executive Director, Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, Phone: (417) 873-7458, E-mail: kstill@drury.edu

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Drury on C-Street’s Art Gallery presents spring-themed exhibit

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 23, 2012 —The Drury on C-Street Art Gallery will host an opening for their latest exhibit: Here Comes the Sun on Friday, March 2 at 6 p.m. The gallery, which is located at 233 E. Commercial St., will continue displaying this exhibit through March 30.

Here Comes the Sun showcases the art of Greg Booker, assistant professor at Drury and local photographer.  Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to take home inexpensive art by partaking in the $1 photo gallery, featuring photos from local artists and Drury students alike.  For those interested in a more interactive element to their First Friday experience, Drury student Jennifer Risker will also be doing a live painting exhibit.

In preparation for the exhibit’s opening, Drury students have been decorating the gallery in order to offer a hint of springtime to those longing for sunnier days. “Even though it might be cold and rainy outside, it will be spring inside the C-Street Gallery. Our gallery will be blooming with artwork to get visitors ready for warmer weather,” said Cassie Walton, a Drury senior involved with the planning of the exhibit. Appetizers will also be provided for guests of the gallery, while Drury students will lighten the mood with live music from 7-9 p.m.

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, an architecture classroom and a multi-use area for additional classes and seminars.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with Drury on C-Street’s Sweetheart Art Gallery

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 30, 2012 — The Drury on C-Street Art Gallery will host an opening for their latest exhibit: Sweetheart Art on Friday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. The gallery, which is located at 233 E. Commercial St., will be on display Feb. 3-25. Gallery hours are Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m.

Sweetheart Art showcases paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more by talented local artists and Drury students alike. Another new addition to the gallery is the gift shop, which features a wide variety of products, including jewelry, handmade cards and other gifts. “I’m most excited about our handcrafted jewelry display,” said Stephanie Weddell, gallery manager. “Now is the perfect time to buy one-of-a-kind jewelry for that special person in your life.”

In addition to the new exhibit, Drury students have been decorating the gallery to capture the essence of Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s themed desserts will be served to gallery visitors on the night of the opening, while Drury student Laura Dickinson will serenade guests with jazz standards from 7-9 p.m.

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, an architecture classroom and a multi-use area for additional classes and seminars.

Media Contact: Kay Osborne, Program Director for Arts Administration, Office: (417) 873-6359, E-mail: kosborne@drury.edu.

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