The outside of Juanita K Hammons Hall for the performing arts in Springfield, MO.
Four women practicing a choreographed dance routine on a wooden floor.
The Sun Target 2 cor-ten steel sculpture outside of the Springfield Art Museum.
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra performing for an audience.
Two people standing with their hand up in the air at a concert at JQH Arena with a yellow overlay.

Arts and Culture

Walk around the heart of our city, and you’ll pick up a distinctively creative vibe. You’ll see murals adorning buildings (even storm drains). Blocks interspersed with galleries. Throngs of theatergoers. You’ll sense you’re some place special—and you are. The Missouri Arts Council awarded Springfield, Missouri, the Creative Community Award in recognition of our support of the arts. Countless visual artists, writers, musicians, dancers, and filmmakers work in and around Springfield. Our city has a flourishing symphony, ballet, and opera, as well as a variety of historic and state-of-the-art live performance venues. We’re an annual host to a multitude of arts and cultural festivals. And our universities continually enrich our community through their exceptional fine arts programs. Whether you’re creatively inclined or simply appreciate art, you’ll be inspired in Springfield.

  • Visual Arts

  • Performing Arts

  • Concerts

  • Cinema

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