May 21, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

City receives $200,000 ArtPlace America grant

Artist Russ RuBert's 84-year-old mom Joyce was a bit overwhelmed seeing his latest creation: The Harmonic Wall and Transient Constructions II. RuBert took her to ideaXfactory on Mother's Day see his artwork, but also to learn about the art hub that is quickly becoming a gathering place for local artists and art lovers.

"ideaXfactory is energizing the young to come up with the new ideas," Joyce says. The octogenarian plans to bring her art group to the space soon.

Joyce Rubert is not the only one, however, to be wowed by the colored neon wall that responds to pitch, motion, and beat. People from all walks of life, all ages and backgrounds have enjoyed the exhibit while visiting the space during First Friday Art Walk or other special events.

The concept of ideaXploration and site-specific art installation is soon to get a shot in the arm thanks to an injection of grant money - $200,000 - by ArtPlace, a prestigious consortium of foundations and the National Endowment of the Arts. Grant amounts range from $33,000 to $750,000, with an average grant size of just over $280,000. The complete list of 2013/2014 ArtPlace America awards can be found at www.artplaceamerica.org.

The City of Springfield was chosen from more than 1,200 applications because the ideaXfactory was considered an "exceptional example" of creative placemaking. The City owns the land and building at 351 N. Boonville, which houses the art hub. It is managed by the ideaXfactory committee with members from three artists groups: RuBert Studios, Art of Space and LemonDrop.

"Part of our goal is to create site-specific and interactive public art which inspires others to create something of their own," says Drury University professor of architecture Gerard Nadeau. Nadeau's Art of Space group transforms existing spaces in downtown Springfield by utilizing common materials and community effort.

Together with Nadeau and Lemondrop director Meganne Rosen O'Neal and City of Springfield Public Works Assistant Director Jonathan Gano, Springfield Regional Arts Council board president Pam RuBert, and ideaXfactory artistic director RussRuBert launched the ideaXfactory in October 2012.

"It's really a place for art that has no other place," explains Gano, who arranged for the space to be rented to the Springfield Area Arts Council for $10 a year.

The grant will provide funding for artist stipends to produce site-specific art in the space over the next 18 months, and also fund minor modifications to the building to improve accessibility for citizens and outdoor space in a plan that complements the future storm water use and to provide a multipurpose plaza for small performances and exhibitions curated by the ideaXfactory.

Artists interested in funding consideration for site-specific art installations andidea exploration initiatives should download a Request for Proposal at www.ideaxfactory.com and submit it for consideration by the Springfield Regional Arts Council ideaXfactory Committee.

ideaXfactory will be open during First Friday Art Walk, 5:30 – 10 p.m., June 7. Russ RuBert will do an Artist's Talk about the Harmonic Wall at 5:30 p.m. A Contemporary Art Street Jam is currently being planned for later this summer.

About ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America is a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies committed to accelerating creative placemaking – putting art at the heart of a portfolio of strategies designed to revitalize communities. This is ArtPlace America's third cycle of grant awards. With this round of grants, in total, ArtPlace America has awarded a total of $42.1 million in 134 grants to 124 projects in 90 communities across the U.S. (and a statewide project in the state of Connecticut).

"ArtPlace America recognizes the central role arts and cultural activities can have in the revitalization of American cities," said Rip Rapson, chair of ArtPlace America's Presidents' Council. "With this grant award ArtPlace America is directing individual project support to scores of creative, high-impact projects throughout the country."

"ArtPlace America is also continuing to break new ground in drawing together some of the nation's leading foundations to think — in a concerted way — about how these kind of projects can become more widespread," continued Rapson.

ArtPlace America provides grants and loans, supports research, and conducts outreach and advocacy [duplicated]Foundations participating in ArtPlace America include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors.

ArtPlace America also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships withvarious federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.

ArtPlace America is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife, and Morgan Stanley.

For more information, contact: Cora Scott, City of Springfield Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement at 417-864-1009 or cscott@springfieldmo.gov or Russ RuBert at 417-849-6772.

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