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
Chelsea Mulkey, Student Media Relations Chair, Mobile: (417) 872-9682, Email: cmulkey@drury.edu