Cultural Impact Assessments in partnership with Drury University

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In a collaborative partnership beginning in March, the Cultural Policy Class from Drury University Arts Administration Program completed cultural impact assessments of perceived artistic, environmental, economic and social value of two projects of the ideaXfactory — The Beaux Arts Ball and the Morning Song / Evening Song sound installation. Cultural impact assessments for the ideaXfactory … Read More

Fringe Art featured in News-Leader

Great three-page feature in the Springfield News-Leader by Ed Peaco appeared on the cover of the Sunday Life section. To write such an extensive article, Ed interviewed many artists who have worked on collaborative projects with the ideaXfactory and has attended many of our events. You can read full story on-line with additional photos at … Read More

Outside Observations during St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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A recent article in the Minneapolis StarTribune featuring the Twin Cities “Irrigate Arts” program shows a leading national example of ways that artists can be urban troubleshooters when resident artists work closely with St. Paul’s Public Works staff. In addressing urban concerns, it’s interesting to think about who asks the questions or how urban problems … Read More

WINGS class trips from Phelps Center for Gifted Education

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Early in March, the ideaXfactory hosted a series of visits from WINGS classes from the Phelps Center for Gifted Education. Representative students from each of the Springfield Public Schools were part of the visiting groups. We received this report from educator Michelle Billionis who organized and led the visits: Student’s from Phelps Center for Gifted … Read More

Imagine a 24-foot wall of light

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Now imagine you could control it just by waving your hand. Or swishing a paint brush and singing into a microphone. That’s what under development now at the ideaXfactory — a 24′ x 10′ wall of neon and LED lighting activated by these inputs. Inside the ideaXfacotry art space, artist Russ RuBert is constructing an … Read More

Springfield City Council approves ArtPlace application

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Following the announcement that the City of Springfield’s ideaXfactory is a finalist for an Artplace grant, a formal presentation was made by Russ RuBert at the Springfield City Council meeting on January 29. Council members were informed about the objectives of Artplace to accelerate creative placemaking across the county and the concept of using locally … Read More

ideaXfactory is a Finalist for ArtPlace grant

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The ideaXfactory is a finalist in a national competition to win a portion of what is likely to be more than $10 million in grants awarded by ArtPlace America, a national private-public arts funding collaboration. In 2012, 34 organizations received a total of about $11 million. ArtPlace defines creative placemaking as locally driven strategies to … Read More