Art on the Move launches Art in Empty Storefronts Initiative

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MU School of Visual Studies Art on the Move presents

Art in Empty Storefronts: Art in the time of Covid-19: Walk up exhibition

Thursday, October 1 - Saturday, October 31, 2020

Summit Fair Shopping Center

860T NW Blue Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO


Lee Summit, MO – Erin McFarland, a Lee’s Summit artist, will present her work at the Summit Fair Shopping Center. The exhibition will be on display in the windows of 860T NW Blue Pkwy at Summit Fair Shopping Center for the month of October, coinciding with the Lee’s Summit Arts and Culture Week (Oct 9 - 18). An Instagram live event will tour the exhibition on Thursday, October 15 at 4pm. Photos and videos are allowed and the artist will be present and available for interviews.


Her exhibit, as part of the Art in Empty Storefronts: Art in the tie of Covid-19 initiative, is a no-contact exhibition designed to connect art works with communities throughout the state while reinvigorating commercial spaces affected by the economic downturn. 


This exhibit is made possible by a University of Missouri program called Art on the Move (AOM) through the School of Visual Studies (SVS) in the College of Arts & Science. It provides real-life experiences for SVS students and alumni, providing hands-on professional career building opportunities by returning them to their Missouri hometowns or other Missouri communities to share their art and art careers. AOM also plays an instrumental role in recruiting the next generation of SVS students.


This Art on the Move event is supported by a strategic partnership between MU’s School of Visual Studies, University of Missouri Extension, Lee’s Summit Arts Council, and by the generous donation of space by the Red Development Group.


The School of Visual Studies brings the academic resources of the University to communities across the state through collaborative engagements such as the Art on the Move Community Outreach Program that include MU students, faculty and alumni creating mutually beneficial learning outcomes with Missouri communities.


Established in 2017, the MU School of Visual Studies merges four disciplines: art, art history, film studies, and digital storytelling. This dynamic program aims to graduate future generations of outstanding critical thinkers, inventive problem solvers, and makers of conscientious, well-crafted art while preparing them for professional careers in the contemporary art world.