Welcome to the Springfield Area Arts Council
CELEBRATING FORTY YEARS OF SERVICE
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 for forty years. 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.
Gerlach Estate Bequest
The Board of Directors gratefully acknowledges a generous bequest from the Estate of Bobette Gerlach. Bobette was a past president of the Arts Council, and she was instrumental in guiding and leading us in our formative years to become the organization that we are today. Under the terms of the gift, Bobette requested that the funds support arts residencies. The Gerlach bequest is an investment in the future of artists and local non-profit organizations as we work together to stimulate creativity, provide access to the arts, enrich the community, and maintain a high quality of life in Sangamon and Menard counties. Our sincere thanks go to Bobette and the Gerlach family! Details regarding residency opportunities for artists will be forthcoming.
2017 First Night® Springfield
Join us December 31, 2016, for the 30th annual celebration of the arts and the new year! Proceeds from this event benefit the programs and services of the Arts Council, including grants and resources to area artists, arts organizations and social service agencies with arts programming. The event also benefits the Penny Wollan-Kriel Arts-In-Education Program, serving students and teachers in private and public schools in both Sangamon and Menard counties. Co-Chairs Christie Lazarides and Linda Claussen promise a special celebration in honor of this milestone annivarsary, which also coincides with the Arts Council’s Fortieth year in Springfield, and a very special fireworks show is being planned by Carl Steinmacher of Nostalgia Pyrotechnics with financial support from Horace Mann.
Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
Poetry Out Loud is a national, annual 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. The contest begins anew with the start of each school year. Students and teachers in Illinois are encouraged to contact us for further information.