SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Midwest’s largest mural art and culture festival is coming to downtown Springfield with over $10,000 raised to make the event happen.
Meg Wagler, founder of Mid x Midwest, came up with the idea after switching careers from graphic design to visual arts.
“It was challenging to get paid a respectable amount. I think that it was maybe not the norm in this region,” says Wagler.
In 2019, Wagler started putting the festival together.
“That was hard to do without any seed funding, so we just went ahead and postponed the whole thing so that we could do it correctly.”
In 2021, Wager started a campaign with hopes of raising $10,000 for the event. She raised $10,423.
“It’s exciting on a couple of different levels. I think it means that people believe in the idea. Now we have a little bit more leverage to move forward