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Courtesy of Melissa Hasse

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier speaks with Melissa Haase, assistant director of Public Information and Civic Engagement for the City of Springfield.

Today’s discussion explores the City’s efforts in networking and connecting residents throughout Springfield, particualrly the Springfield Neighborhood News publication.

(Poster design courtesy Actors Theatre of Missouri)

Actors Theatre of Missouri presents their seventh annual production, in association with the Springfield Art Museum, of “Shakespeare at the Columns.” Every summer the company presents a Shakespeare play in the Art Museum’s outdoor amphitheater, located between the Art Museum building and Phelps Grove Park on Bennett Street, just west of National Avenue.  They will present the comedy “As You Like It,” directed by Meg Rice, this weekend and next, Thursdays through Saturdays July 11-20, all at 7:00pm.  Two of the production’s actors visited KSMU to talk about the production: Elisabeth Bonkosk

National Avenue Christian Church

In an event on August 1, the Springfield NAACP plans to share stories of discrimination in public schools.

It’s called “Intersections: A Community Tells Its Stories.”  Organizers say they hope to create a community dialogue on what Springfield Public Schools can change to make their student body more inclusive.

Toni Robinson, the president of Springfield NAACP, wants to see this event impact and transform the community.

“So the overall arching goal is definitely bringing light to these injustices, and empowering people so we can make some changes as a community.”

(Poster design courtesy National Park Service)

Clarence “King Clarentz” Brewer is well known locally as a Delta blues/roots musician and an accomplished sculptor and visual artist. He came to KSMU Friday to promote a couple of upcoming appearances in the area. 

Bailey Vassalli / KSMU

The Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games were cancelled this year after a tornado damaged the organization’s headquarters in Jefferson City. Despite the setback, one Springfield athlete keeps training.

“These medals I’ve got on are actually from state-level basketball and bowling this year,” said Kit Gillihan.

Gillihan proudly displays his many medals from Missouri athletic competitions. Basketball and bowling are only two of the sports he practices for the Special Olympics Missouri Summer Games. The full list is impressive.

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