The Branson Arts Council works to enhance the greater understanding of the arts in our community by making community arts a viable park of the lives of our citizens. The council is made up of members from all aspects of the community. The common denominator of the Branson Arts Council membership is that all members are involved in keeping arts and culture alive and well in our community.
Branson Arts Council Mission Statement
To make available artistic, cultural, and educational opportunities, and to support, strengthen and nhance these opportunities for all citizens of our community.
The Branson Arts Council is located in the Branson Community Center at 201 Compton Drive.
Phone: 336-4255; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonnie Herrmann serves as the Executive Director.
For more information and a complete list of the Branson Arts Council programs , go to their web site at www.bransonartscouncil.com
Community Concert Series at the Old Stone Church
Free Sunday afternoon concerts providing classical, educational, and entertaining enjoyment for the community, as well as venue for local performers. Four to six concerts per year are presented in the fall and spring.
Where: Old Stone Church (4th and Pacific in old town Branson)
Time: Typically Sunday at 2pm
Children’s Theatre Workshop
This workshop is a week-long camp designed to expose students to all elements of theatrical production and culminates with a performance at the end of the week. The National Thespians Association has recognized this annual summer drama camp as one of the best! Sessions are offered for ages 7-12 and 13 & up. The cost is $35 per child and for BAC members it is $30 per child. There will be a sliding scale for more than one child in a family. (Schlorships are available). Call the Branson Arts Council at 336-4255 to register.
Where: College of the Ozarks
When: July (TBA)
Fee: $35 public/$30 BAC members
BAC Gallery Shows
Art Exhibits featuring the artwork of individuals is highlighted and displayed at several venues. Every 8 to 10 weeks a different artist is featured, and an Open House Reception is held at a designated time for the displaying artists.
Where: At several venues, Chateau, Taneyhills Library, Hawthorn Bank and Mount Pleasant Winery.
Fee: Free to public
School Art Performance
The BAC continues to provide multi-cultural programs for elementary level students in the Branson School System, which have included the Irish Kaleidoscope, the Missouri History Program, and the Australian Kaleiodoscope. These programs provide education covering art, music, traditions, and culture of the artist's country and their people. The students see and experience the tranditional dances, techniques of the rhythmicart form, native instrutments, and a documentary video presentation. The program's format begins with a general assembly for all students of a particular grade level. The smaller group sessions are held during the remainder of the day. This program is free to the schools.
Kid Art Summer Workshop
The summer sessions are more intense and art-instructive and use a variety of mediums to encourage artistic expression. In the past, participants have studied everything from the Old Masters to modern cityscaping. (Camp is held during July- TBA)
Children's "Hands on Clay"
The BAC serves approximately 80 children with a half day experience where they work with clay. Qualified local instructors teach basic information about clay and how to manipulate it. The classes are conducted at the Mitch Young Studio in Hollister. Each child learns how to hold-form clay as well as "throw" a pot or vase on the potter's wheel. These finished pieces are then glazed and fired. Students get to take their masterpieces home. Class sessions are offered for youth 7-12 and 13 & up. Call the Branson Arts Council to register, 336-4255.
Where: Mitch Yung Studio in Hollister
Fee: $25 per child/ $20 for BAC members; sliding scale for more than one child in a family
Educational Youth Symphony
The BAC continues to work with the Springfield Symphony and the Dick Clark Theatre to bring the Springfield Symphony to Branson for a children's educational symphonic program. 50 members of the symphony bring life to the symphony for over 700 children in the Branson area. A wonderful first time experience, for many of the children, who are able to see a live symphony and learn about the instruments and the parts they play in a symphony concert. This is an educational as well as entertaining experience! Free to students and schools.
When: March 29 at 9:00am
Where: Dick Clark Theater
Fee: Free to students and schools
Children's Literature Conference
The BAC assists with sponsorship of the Branson Public Schools 6th grade Children's Literature Conference. The day includes meeting over 10 authors who provide real life experiences about being an author, writing, and getting manuscripts published. The children have an opportunity to meet each author and ask questions, and learn more about the importance of reading. Over 500 children enjoy this program each year. This is held at the Branson Intermediate School.
Adult Art Classes Offered at the Branson Community Center
A self-taught class offering an opportunity to share your expertise and fellowship with other painters. Classes are open to any adults in the area. Participants must provide their own supplies.
When: Tuesdays, 9:00am-4:30om
Fee: $1 for the use of the classroom
China Painting Group
Group Painting time for those interested; limited instructions and limited supplies are available. Classes are open to any adults in the area.
When: Wednesdays, 9:00am-4:30pm
Fee: State association membership fee
Acrylic Painting Class
Come and experience the enjoyment of painting with acrylics. Some supplies are available, and classes are open to any adults in the area.
When: Thursdays, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Fee: Approximately $25; supplies may be included
Currently, the City of Branson has 16 parks serving residents and visitors. These parks offer a wide variety of opportunities from swimming to nature trails.