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Drury on C-Street Gallery presents special “Speak Freely” event

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 30, 2018 — The limited engagement art exhibition and performance show “Speak Freely,” opens Friday, May 4 at the Drury on C-Street Art Gallery with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The gallery show will also be available for viewing on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The show encourages contributors to speak out in their medium regarding policies, laws, or societal norms with which they disagree. Each piece is connected by the exhibition’s central purpose of promoting a society that speaks freely with a collective voice.

This month, in addition to the engaging exhibition of original art, the gallery will open with a special performance show. For the opening reception during Springfield’s First Friday Art Walk, the C-Street Gallery will be transformed into a modern-day speakeasy, complete with jazz, cards, and “mocktails.” Echoing the aims of the art, the show aims to create a space in which viewers feel welcomed, encouraged, respected, and inspired to speak freely, and to celebrate artistic expressions of societal views.

“It is important in our society to have art shows like Speak Freely,” says Roxy Kraber, one of the co-curators. “The exhibit offers a venue where citizens exercise their First Amendment right through artistic expression. With paintings, sculptures and music, our venue encourages the use of art as a peaceful and productive way to express opinions and societal views.”

“Our gallery hopes to feed and encourage democracy’s presence in our society by creating a welcoming and intriguing atmosphere in our modern-day speakeasy,” adds co-curator Lauren Goskie.

The Drury on C-Street Gallery is located at 225 E. Commercial St. Appetizers will be provided for the reception by community partner Café Cusco.

About Drury on C-Street

The Drury on C-Street Project is an initiative by Drury University, in partnership with other local organizations, to establish a Drury Center on Commercial Street. This center includes an art gallery, a business resource center, and the weaving studio. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is a professional, student-run gallery featuring emerging and established artists. Drury University’s Drury on C-Street Gallery provides arts administration majors the experience of promoting the work of local artists. The gallery connects the community to new and relevant art in an accessible and welcoming environment. 

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Media Contact: Rebecca Miller, Director of Arts Administration Program - (417) 873-6337 or rmiller01@drury.edu 

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