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Community Focus Report: Springfield's arts, music communities hard hit by pandemic

molly healey with fiddle
Submitted by Molly Healey
Springfield musician Molly Healey

This broadcast season, KSMU’s program "Making a Difference" is switching gears. Through a series of panel conversations airing the second Thursday of every month, we examine each chapter of The 2021 Community Focus Report for Springfield and Greene County. The CFR is a biennial report which evaluates the community’s assets, gaps, opportunities and challenges in eleven key areas, including today’s topic: Arts & Culture.

Our guests for today’s panel conversation are: Jonathan Groves, facilitator of the CFR; Leslie Forrester, author of the CFR chapter and White Paper on, Arts & Culture; Molly Healey, performance artist/musician/singer-songwriter/teacher/producer/promoter; and, Randy Stewart, senior arts producer & host of KSMU’s weekly program, Arts News.

Production support for the Community Focus Report for Springfield and Greene County, comes from: The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, The Junior League of Springfield, The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, The Springfield-Greene County Library District, and The United Way of The Ozarks.

The Community Focus Report for Springfield and Greene County is available for viewing at