Lawn Art With Neighbors


Call For Participation

L.A.W.N. invites the community of Springfield to create a work of art in your front lawn for a city wide public art exhibition.

Lawn Art With Neighbors is a grassroots project in response to the recent changes we are all adapting to including the stay at home order, the increased amount of time people have been spending outside/walking around neighborhoods, and a way to bring artmaking and viewing as a form of increasing mental health and community building.

All members of the community are encouraged to participate by creating a work of art using materials available at home: sculpture, chalk art, installation, etc. in front of their residence. This project is about expressing creativity, no matter the skill level. See L.A.W.N. Project Guide for details and ideas.

Please follow all social distancing rules currently in mandate while viewing or participating in L.A.W.N. Lawn Art With Neighbors is created outdoors to allow you to view it in an open space with safe distance and at your own pace. Avoid touching art or entering private property.

L.A.W.N. is organized by The Springfield Art Museum, Sculpture Walk Springfield, and Missouri State University: Art + Design Department. 

Important Dates

April 13 – April 30: Build artwork

April 24: Participation Sign Up Form due. Your form must be turned in by April 24th to be included in the map.

April 25: International Sculpture Day. Post photos of you working on your artwork on social media using #ISDay2020 and #LAWNSGF.

May 1 – 10: First Friday Art Walk / L.A.W.N. Public Viewing Weekend. Have your work completed and on view no later than 10 am on May 1. 

May 10: Official end of L.A.W.N. events. 

May 11: Feel free to take down your artwork at your convenience. If your work adheres to your neighborhood policy leave it up indefinitely! 

The Rules: Do’s and Dont’s

  • Practice social distancing. 
    • Follow all city/state mandates in place at the time of creation and display of your work.
    • Avoid creating enclosed spaces or work that promotes physical contact.
  • Create works that are viewable from the street or sidewalk. We are not in control of the public, but what you make can encourage safe viewing options.
  • Use materials that are not hazardous- i.e. sharp. 
  • Do not disrupt sidewalks – allow for walking, wheelchairs, and strollers to continue to use the sidewalks.
  • No hate speech or derogatory images. 
  • Do not use other people’s property without permission.
  • Artwork created remains the property of the creator, and they are solely responsible for the artwork. Sculpture Walk Springfield, Missouri State University,and the Springfield Art Museum hold no liability for damage or injury that occurs while creating or viewing art.
  • Fill our Participation Sign Up Form by April 24th to be included on the L.A.W.N. map.
  • Complete works and have them on display by 10am on May 1st.
  • Share L.A.W.N. with your friends and neighbors! How many people can you get to participate? 

Resources for Artists

I’m Ready to Make Art