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On May 2, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (MO-8) held a reception in Perryville to recognize high school students from Missouri’s 8th Congressional District who made it to the final round of the 2024 Congressional Art Competition. At the event, Smith announced that Miah Bressie, a senior at Houston High School, took home first place for her piece, “Mistique.” more
May is an exciting time of year. Students and teachers are wrapping up the school year, and summer vacation is approaching. more
Arts Alliance member events and activities: more
Local artist Barbara Williams will present “What Rock Buildings Say About the People of the Ozarks” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ozarks Heritage Research Center (OHRC). more
ALTON — Winners in Alton Elementary School’s recent "Under the Sea" themed art show are among entries from 280 students. The event showcased the work of all students in the school and was part of an elaborate and colorful display by art teacher Annie Whitten that filled the halls of the school and ended with an awards ceremony. more
Headliners announced for this year’s Old-Time Music, Ozarks Heritage Festival are CJ Newsom’s Classic Country from Branson with Terry Wayne Sanders, performing at 8 p.m. June 7, and Big Smith of Springfield, set to play at 8 p.m. June 8. Both performances will be held in the West Plains Civic Center theater.  more
The West Plains Council on the Arts and Ozarks Healthcare Behavioral Health Center (BHC) have again partnered to bring a themed collection of submissions by area residents to the West Plains Civic Center. WPCA will host the exhibition of works from Monday through May 17 in the gallery on the mezzanine in the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St. The gallery is open to the public during regular civic center hours. more
The Lincoln School is set to welcome former West Plains resident Beverly Short for a captivating two-day event featuring a book discussion and a theatrical performance. The events will showcase her multi-faceted career and her latest artistic achievements. more
The 30th annual Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival will celebrate Missouri culture June 7 and 8 in downtown West Plains, and as part of the festivities, the pie competition will return for a fifth year. more
Area poets are invited to share their works during a poetry open mic night Tuesday hosted by the Ozarks Heritage Research Center (OHRC) at Missouri State University-West Plains. more
Lana Snodgras, director of communications for West Plains R-7 School District, has been recognized with a state public relations award by the Missouri School Public Relations Association (MOSPRA). more
Winners for the 23rd annual Art Around Town exhibit have been chosen, organizers announce. more
Local artist Angela Bullard’s artwork will be featured on the first floor of the Ozarks Small Business Incubator, 408 Washington Ave., through the end of June. more
West Plains R-7 School District officials recently extended congratulations to students in the West Plains High School Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, as well as those in the Zizzer Pride Band following the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) District Music Festival held at Missouri State University-West Plains. more
The Southern Ozarks Community Orchestra will be in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the historic Star Theatre in downtown Willow Springs. The program to be presented, “A Musical Buffet,” will feature a “smorgasbord of musical delights,” said officials with the Willow Springs Arts Council, which is sponsoring the performance. more
West Plains R-7 School District officials extend their congratulations to high school sophomore Emily Ritter for her acceptance into the Missouri Fine Arts Academy at Missouri State University in Springfield. In honor of Ritter’s “exceptional talent and unwavering dedication,” district officials shared one of Ritter’s captivating colored pencil drawings, a honey dipper dripping with honey. more
The Friends of the Paul Weaver Library will present the group’s 11th annual art extravaganza, Tour D'Art, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 18. This year's theme is, "An Artful Journey" and will take place in the John E. Miller Education Complex on the Ozarka College campus in Melbourne, Ark. more
About eight years ago, a friendly bet was made between a pair of writers: West Plains would have a music scene worth ink within 10 years. more
The Star Dramatic Company will hold auditions for Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Star Theater Annex, 205 E. Main St. in Willow Springs. more
The West Plains Council on the Arts has issued a call for submissions for its juried exhibit, “Sky High: Eclipse and More,” to be displayed from March 30 through May 4 in the gallery on the mezzanine at the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St. more
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