Our History

The Messiah Project, a Christian fine arts organization in Springfield, Missouri, has been glorifying God through the arts since 1992. Here is more about the history of our organization:The Messiah Project Inc. is a not-for-profit fine arts organization headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, whose visual, dramatic, and musical productions celebrate the Jewish and Christian heritage at the core of our nation’s artistic culture. Since its founding in 1991, The Messiah Project Inc. has been sustained by volunteers from diverse Christian traditions; in turn, The Messiah Project Inc. has provided artists with opportunities to turn performance into expressions of faith.

Having reached audiences in Springfield, across the American Midwest, and throughout the world, The Messiah Project Inc. has grown to become one of the most dynamic Christian-based arts organizations in operation today. We are also among the most innovative arts organizations, which has made a reputation for integrating classical music with dance and drama, thereby expanding the music’s impact upon audiences.

The Messiah Project Inc. began in 1991 with a production of Handel’s classical oratorio, Messiah, to which was added drama, dance, and visual effects. Over the intervening years, we have continued to integrate the arts in a variety of productions, including our New Dimensions Concert Series, Holiday Prelude Festivals, Amahl and the Night Visitors, national and international Saviour Tours, Orient Tours, and public displays of international nativity scenes.

Our productions have visited 23 countries worldwide and toured throughout the United States; at the same time, we are proud to call Springfield our spiritual, artistic, and logistical home base. Thousands of people around the Midwest have been touched through a variety of performances, such as community-based holiday prelude festivals; special works, such as Beethoven's "Mass in C," Puccini's "Messa de Gloria," "Clara's Gift," and Vivaldi's "Gloria"; as well as concerts featuring a variety of musical and artistic works.

While The Messiah Project Inc. draws its talent from across the United States, Europe, and Asia, our core team hales from the Ozarks, whose artistic and spiritual soil proves especially rich. We are fortunate that so many of the region’s professionals, trained semi-professionals, and students join artistic forces with us, volunteering their time and financial resources to perform in Messiah Project productions. Then again, we believe that The Messiah Project Inc. has succeeded by offering powerful, public expression of our community’s highest cultural, esthetic, and spiritual values and aspirations.

In our quest to provide more collaborative events for the city, we produced the “Heritage of Hymns Concert,” a 2008 premiere event that brought together choir members from 26 churches across the community, the Springfield Symphony, and Steinway artist Larry Dalton. As a pioneer in adapting fine art to ecumenical Christian ministry, The Messiah Project Inc. is one of the Ozarks’ finest cultural assets, enabling members of our community to perform on local, regional, national, and worldwide stages.

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