With new funding program, an effort to improve Columbia's arts community

The Office of Cultural Affairs expects the establishment of Columbia Arts Foundation to provide more art opportunities and events.


Artists compete to add their sculptures outside Short Street garage

Artists are competing to have their sculpture concepts displayed in front of the Short Street garage. The artist whose concept is chosen based on community feedback will be given $58,000 to complete the artwork. 

Artists decorate downtown Columbia stormwater drains

Missouri artists donated their time and talents to paint murals on nine downtown stormwater drains as part of an educational public art project.

Boone Dawdle 2012 to feature unique film, band

Only a handful of tickets are left for this year's Boone Dawdle.

Katy Trail painting chosen for Columbia's annual commemorative poster

The work, painted by local artist Colette Brumbaugh, will be sold for $15 by Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs. Proceeds will go toward city arts programs and local art organizations.

Despite the heat, Lucinda Williams concert draws crowd to park

Columbia residents braved the heat to enjoy the first in what Thumper Entertainment hopes will become a series of concerts at Stephens Lake Park. Lucinda Williams headlined the event.

UPDATE: Former location of Tiger Spot mosaic to be covered with brick

The MU Art and Artifacts Committee said the project will be completed by the beginning of the fall semester.

Artists, Columbia officials meet before starting Short Street garage designs

The Standing Committee on Public Art met with the finalists to give the artists as much information as possible before they start creating a design for the Short Street garage.

DanceWalk COMO parades through downtown Columbia

On Friday, DanceWalk COMO started its parade at Artlandish Gallery and wound through downtown to end where it began.

Medieval reenactment group holds event at MU

The Kingdom of Calontir, a regional kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism, held a fighting practice and symposium Saturday at MU.

Mid-Missouri artists to educate with downtown storm drain murals

Thumper Entertainment, the city's Stormwater Utility and nine mid-Missouri artists are working to create murals around storm drains. The murals are intended to educate the community about the pollutants they are throwing down the drains.

Ragtime enthusiasts celebrate the past while moving into the future

The three-day Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival continues through Wednesday evening at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Kansas City modern art museum names new director

Barbara O'Brien has been serving as the chief curator and director of exhibitions and collections for the museum.

Missouri Symphony Orchestra brings music to Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater

The Missouri Symphony Orchestra presented its "Strike Up the Band" concert Thursday evening at Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater.

Delicate design: Chinese artist brings leaf cutting to Columbia

Yun Fan, a leaf cutting artist from Weifang, China, is spending June in Columbia to host workshops and presentations on her technique.

Columbia's Art in the Park attracts artists, art advocates

Artists, musicians, vendors and art enthusiasts met Saturday afternoon at Stephens Lake Park for the 54th annual Art in the Park. The art festival will end Sunday.

Art in the Park to feature more than 100 artists, food, entertainment

Guests will have an opportunity to see, taste and experience the event as artists, food vendors and live entertainers share their talents with Columbia on Saturday and Sunday. .

UPDATE: Tiger Spot mosaic removed from Lowry Mall

Few people walking by the spot Monday morning seemed to give much attention to the change. The mosaic had been covered by a tarp since 2007.

Office of Cultural Affairs seeks public input on artwork for Daniel Boone City Building addition

The Office of Cultural Affairs is seeking input on artwork for the fifth floor of the addition to the Daniel Boone City Building. Artist Joel Sager has proposed a series of three architectural paintings for the space.

Historical Society to present 50-year-old audio from Thomas Hart Benton

"Benton Speaks: Fifty Years Later" will feature clips from an extensive 1962 interview with the artist.