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Creative Minds from MSU Can Now Thrive at ‘Brick City’

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Brick City is a creative solution to an age old problem, according to Missouri State University President Clif Smart.
We have creativity that has been a key role in our past it is also a pathway to our future.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Brick City is a creative solution to an age old problem, according to Missouri State University President Clif Smart.

Smart says former MSU President Mike Nietzel knew the art and design program needed new and better designed space. Smart says Nietzel saw potential in some brick buildings in downtown Springfield.

"I really like it," says MSU student Morgan Baum. She's in Brick City for art education and her fibers class. "It's really nice just having them all in a nicer and newer location with all of the studio classes together."

Baum says the industrial feel of the renovated buildings lets student work shine.

"It's kind of plain, but, obviously our art is kind of decorating the walls and we get to put installations and stuff in for different classes so we kind if spice it up a little bit."

MSU President Clif Smart credits Former President Mike Nitzel with the creative vision that turned these once rundown buildings into newly renovated studio space.

"So thank you, thank you for that vision."

Smart referenced the former digs of a ceramics class in the same building as an abandoned swimming pool.

"Art didn't need to be in the basement."

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says Missouri has a rich, artistic history including Scott Joplin, Walt Disney, Mark Twain.

"We have creativity that has been a key role in our past it is also a pathway to our future."

Brick City is part of the IDEA Commons at MSU.  It has more than 85,000 square feet in four buildings that house several elements of the Art and Design department.

It's made up of four buildings at 305 West Mill Street in downtown Springfield, that have classrooms, offices, and studio space. Building 1 opened this fall. Brick City buildings 3 and 4 opened in 2010 and 2008.
 
There are additional art and design classes in those buildings. They also share space with Marlin Advertising Agency and the University of Missouri Kansas City pharmacy program.

Brick City is part of the IDEA Commons at MSU.  It has more than 85,000 square feet in four buildings that house several elements of the Art and Design department.
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