SEDALIA’S COLLABORATIVE RAGTIME INITIATIVE
Sedalia has actively celebrated its ragtime heritage through the years in many different formats and through many individual organizations. Rarely, however, have the various community groups worked together to acknowledge or promote the area’s common cultural assets as they are right now.
In 2015, a new collaborative initiative was begun to bring together the Liberty Center Association for the Arts, the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival and the Sedalia Heritage Foundation and its Ragtime Archive Project.
This year, Sedalia’s Central Business and Cultural District has become involved by contributing the Maple Leaf Rag contract signing historic standard to mark the 114 E. 5th Street site.
In addition to improving communication among the groups, cooperation will enhance the programs of each organization by providing expertise, funding assistance, and in some cases, by sharing facilities, personnel and equipment. This larger collaborative will also make it possible to expand the volunteer base during special events and for projects
and to broaden publicity opportunities.
In the future, it is anticipated that some of Sedalia’s other fine arts and humanities organizations may want to join this informal cooperative effort. Everyone will benefit from participation.
The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote an understanding and appreciation of Joplin’s contribution to ragtime music, along with the historic importance connected with Sedalia, Missouri.