JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri – Barth L. Fraker of Springfield and Judy Kent of Town and Country were appointed to the board of the Missouri Arts Council this week, the state agency supporting the arts in Missouri.
Barth Fraker is currently director of public and governmental affairs for the Greater Springfield Board of Realtors. As a lifelong pianist, he has toured with various musical artists throughout the country and has had many successful students come under his instruction. He holds a degree in music, religious studies, and family development from Missouri State University.
Judy Kent has been on the board of STAGES St. Louis since 1998. The Kent Center for Theatre Arts, STAGES’ headquarters and education facility that opened in 2013, is named for Mrs. Kent and her husband, Jerry. She is also active in community causes such as Easter Seals Midwest.
The Missouri Arts Council board consists of volunteer citizens from throughout the state who provide direction in policy making, programmatic oversight, and development of statewide initiatives.
About the Missouri Arts Council
The Missouri Arts Council is a division of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The Council provides support to nonprofit organizations through grants that meet its strategic goals:
- Engage people in meaningful arts experiences
- Grow Missouri’s economy using the arts
- Strengthen Missouri education through the arts
The Missouri Arts Council awards grants to organizations to stimulate the growth, development, and appreciation of the arts in Missouri. This funding makes possible quality arts programming to communities throughout the state. In addition to financial assistance, the council provides expertise in community development, fundraising, marketing, grant writing, arts education, artistic disciplines (visual arts, music, literature, theater, dance, festivals, and film/media), and more.