Arts, Culture and History

Everyday Objects on a Giant Scale Make Playful Art

Shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen- Photo by Mark McDonald.

If the aluminum giant struggling to emerge from the ground in St. Louis County ever makes it out, he can play badminton on the lawn of a museum in Kansas City, and have the turtles in a St. Louis park for pets. Both Turtle Playground by Bob Cassilly and Shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art take things ... Read More »

Girls Getaway to Kansas City

Kansas City, photo courtesy of Brian Devero

My friend Sara and I, usually tromping across the state with our two rowdy boys, found ourselves boy-less, a few days before the weekend. Sara, who I might add is not crafty, proposed a quiet weekend of scrapbooking. I proposed we forget scrapbooking and seek amazing food, signature cocktails, a world-class concert, great art, culture and style! I told her, ... Read More »

Poet, Painter, Sculptor, Scribe: Artists Intertwine Disparate Skills

Missouri Arts Council Blog July 3

Michelangelo painted frescoes and carved statues. Miles Davis blew the trumpet and designed album covers. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote novels and drew hundreds of scenes and maps to illustrate the worlds he chronicled. In Missouri today, there are many artists whose creativity likewise flows through more than one channel—or as Peggy Wyman puts it, “have more than one arrow in their ... Read More »

Paint and Sip

The Canvas on Broadway

It was my “artsy-craftsy” sister’s birthday, and I’d found the perfect gift. A paint and sip evening at The Canvas on Broadway. What’s a paint and sip event? It’s a painting class where you also have wine and music and the best part is you don’t have to be artistic. I know I’m not, but I created a masterpiece all ... Read More »

Create Your Own Art: Family Arts and Crafts

Kids can express their creative sides in pottery classes around the state.

Throughout Missouri’s museums and exhibits you’ll find plenty of opportunities for the family to create their own arts and crafts. Here are a few stops to check out along the way … NORTHWEST Start your family arts and crafts adventure at the Puppetry Arts Institute , in Independence, to learn the history of puppetry and watch a featured presentation. Visit ... Read More »

Lost and Found: The Search for Harry and Edna

Harry and Edna atop a glacier in Alaska; 1958, which was the year before Alaska became the 49th state.

Admittedly, until recently, I didn’t know much about a collectors genre known as Lost Photos or Other People’s Photos. Sure, I’ve visited my fair share of antique malls, and often wondered how old photos — framed or otherwise — came to lose their way and get beyond the grasp of familiar family circles. How does that happen, right? But the ... Read More »

Book Tour Offers Insights on America

The National Churchill Museum in Fulton

Editor’s note: This post appeared on The Weekly Standard’s website; a portion is reprinted here with permission of the author, Cita Stelzer. You learn a lot about America and its people on a book-signing tour. I’ve been around the country signing copies of my new book about Winston Churchill, giving talks about the “greatest Briton of all time” and how ... Read More »

Art Walks Showcase Missouri’s Best

Carthage is just one Missouri city to find an art walk. (Photo by Koral Martin, courtesy Missouri Arts Council)

It’s a balmy spring evening on Main Street, Missouri. Every storefront window is alight. As you stroll along, you see through the glass bright flashes of color from displays of paintings, photographs, jewelry, sculpture — and crowds of people admiring and talking about them. The door to a restaurant swings open to the sounds of conversation and laughter. On one ... Read More »

Ride Through History With Route 66 Exhibit

Learn more Route 66 history with a special exhibit at History Museum on the Square in Springfield.

A Route 66 exhibit titled “Woodruff’s Dream: The Mother Road Through Springfield” is on display at The History Museum on the Square, 155 Park Central Square, in Springfield. The museum is open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; the exhibit runs through Aug. 31. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children; and free for ages 2 and younger and ... Read More »

Hunt for History Leads to Washington’s Sword

Washington Reviewing His Troops

My husband, Major General Steve Danner, has received many gifts for gallantry and leadership during his 40-plus years in the Army. However, he has never received and does not have an officer’s dress sword. Dress swords are used for various ceremonial proceedings, including, among other activities: change-of-command ceremonies; weddings; and other formal events. Steeped in history, purpose and pride, wearing ... Read More »