The Capital Arts Gallery opening, in the winter of 2009, fulfilled
a dream that begin more than 40 years ago with the formation of Capital City
Council on the Arts, known today as Capital Arts.
Throughout its existence, the organization has been a force for
the arts. Its early ambitious projects include bringing musical and theatrical
performances from St. Louis
and with that, recognition that the Capital
City was bereft of an
adequate permanent space to exhibit visual arts. The latter lack was finally met with the
opening of the spectacular Capital Arts Gallery.
From its beginning,
the council’s goal has included contributing “to the artistic programs of the
elementary and secondary schools,”…”promoting and presenting performances of
music, exhibitions of art, programs which would include lectures and
demonstrations and the encouragement of community performing groups.” An early, successful goal of the group was
to affiliate with the Missouri Arts Council, to benefit from their expertise
and the financial support it offers. Community involvement has always been
important to the council.
Today, Capital Arts not only offers spectacular gallery
space for the visual arts, but promotes all the arts through sponsorships and
inclusion in its well-read arts calendar.
Its community outreach programs are numerous, and expanding. Among its newest effort is offering classes
for all ages and levels of talent at the Capital Arts Studio. Capital Arts has a rich history, thanks to
the foresight of its founding members, and continues to advocate for the
cultural enrichment of all residents of Jefferson
City through a diversity of offerings.