#GetAmped for Give Ozarks on May 9!
The Springfield Art Museum is seeking project-specific support in the amount of $20,000 to Revamp the Amp. Our outdoor amphitheater was constructed in 1936 as a part of the Work Progress Administration's (WPA) projects in Springfield, MO.
Adorned by the columns that once flanked the entrance to the Colonial Hotel on Route 66 (formerly located at Jefferson & St. Louis), this historic outdoor performance space is a treasured part of the Phelps Grove Neighborhood, and the larger Springfield community.
The last repair work the amphitheater received was in 1989, when a dedicated corps of volunteers, led by Bill Ahlstrand, helped salvage the outdoor stage which had fallen into disrepair. Now after almost 30 years of weathering, wear and tear, and public use, much of the failing concrete needs to be replaced.
In addition, the amphitheater needs greater accessibility to performers who are differently-abled, safety handrails, outdoor lighting and sound equipment, and commemorative signage. These upgrades will not only highlight and honor this landmark's history, but will increase its usefulness to our community.
Groups like the Actors Theatre of Missouri utilize this space to produce free Shakespeare performances during the summer and the Phelps Grove Neighborhood Association uses the space for their "Phelps Helps" Concert Series. The amphitheater is also a popular wedding and photography venue, serving as the site for Steven Spencer's "A Great Day in Springfield," bringing together over 200 local musicians to create an homage to the historic photograph of NYC jazz musicians entitled "A Great Day in Harlem."
Your gift, large or small, on Give Ozarks Day will help us ensure that our amphitheater continues to serve a vital arts enrichment role in our community. Help us raise awareness by snapping a selfie at the amphitheater, or sharing your photos and memories on social media with our hashtag #GetAmped. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @sgfmuseum.
Thank you to our Matching Gift Donors who have donated $10,125 in matching funds toward our $20,000 goal:
Anonymous, Sally Scheid, Art Mosaic One, Dr. Lynn & Betty Carlton, Reliable Toyota, Lexus-BMW of Springfield & Audi Springfield, Southwest Missouri Museum Associates (SMMA), Spencer Fane, Phelps Grove Neighborhood Association, William Brandon Bowman, Kathy Binkley - State Farm Insurance, Eclectics Art Group, Waverly House, The Xi Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, Betsy Walters, and Creative Crafts Art Group.