May 3, 2012
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: email@example.com