Welcome to the Springfield Area Arts Council
The Springfield Area Arts Council…Enriching the community by promoting and supporting all art forms and providing creative opportunities to participate in and enjoy the arts. Welcome to the website of the Springfield Area Arts Council. Since 1976 the Arts Council has been dedicated to developing and sustaining arts and culture initiatives in Springfield and surrounding communities. More than 60% of all income generated by the Arts Council returns to the community in quality events for your family, performance and exhibition opportunities for artists, services and resources for area arts organizations, performing artists in our schools, and arts programming funding for social service agencies.
This website was developed with funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency
First Night® Springfield
The Springfield Area Arts Council proudly offers its 1st annual, family-friendly run/walk/stroll on December 29, 2013! Join us at SCHEELS All Sports to begin the "stART of something new" as we begin our annual celebration of First Night!
For over 25 years, First Night has provided quality entertainment to the Springfield area in a fun, family-friendly environment, including local performers, kids activities and fireworks! All 5K participants are able to purchase a discount button at registration!
Come get First Night off to a great stART! The run/walk will also include parts of the bike trail near Scheels. There will be an after party at Quaker Steak and Lube from 12:30-3:30 with a preview of First Night Entertainment.
To register for the 5K, HERE
Check out First Night Springfield, coming soon on its own page, and other activities on the Calendar and Event Page.
Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
Poetry Out Loud is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Regional and State competitions, presented in partnership with the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, are hosted by the Springfield Area Arts Council. For more information, click on Poetry Out Loud in the top banner.
Arts Grants Awarded to Organizations and Artists
The Community Arts Access Program is conducted in cooperation with the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Grants from this program are awarded to area not-for-profit organizations which bring arts programming to the citizens of Sangamon and Menard counties. On October 10, Community Arts Access Grants, totaling $7612, were awarded to: Downtown Springfield, Inc., Hoogland Center for the Arts, Illinois State Museum Society, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus, Menard County Singers, Prairie Art Alliance, Scholastic Art Awards, Senior Services of Central Illinois, Springfield Ballet Company, Springfield Urban League, Theatre in the Park, Vachel Lindsay Association, and YMCA of Springfield. This program is funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, and additional funds from the Springfield Area Arts Council.
City Arts Grants are given to social service agencies that provide arts programming for underserved populations (i.e. people with disabilities, senior citizens, ethnic minorities, etc.). The City Arts Grant program also provides subsidies to area arts organizations for rehearsal, performance or exhibit space. Funding for these grants is provided by the City of Springfield. City Arts Grants, totaling $6475, were awarded to: Senior Services of Central Illinois, Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus, Prairie Art Alliance, Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony; Sound Celebration Chorus; Springfield Guitar Society; Springfield International Folk Dancers.
The Rosie Richmond Artist Advancement Award provides financial assistance to committed artists for specific projects which will enable them to advance their work and careers. In 2013, dance/choreography, visual arts and performance/interdisciplinary artists were eligible. Mary E. Selinski, visual artist, received this award. In 2014, musical and literary artists will be eligible.
For information on grant applications for 2013-2014, contact the Springfield Area Arts Council at 217-753-3519 or email@example.com
Adult Prom 2013 "An Evening in Paris"
The Board and Staff of the Springfield Area Arts Council thanks all who attended this fundraising event. We especially thank the six couples who were part of the Prom Court which raised over $3000 for the Council. Ronda and Tom Brinkman were crowned Queen and King for their extraordinary efforts. They were responsible for over half the donations. Our thanks also goes to those who donated in the names of our court couples. We are going to plan another Adult Prom for 2014, visiting another exciting city after spending 2013 in Paris.