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 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.

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Audiences Everywhere Workshop May 11

Join us in Springfield at the Hoogland Center for the Arts for the first-ever-in-Illinois, Audiences Everywhere Workshop presented by Matt Lehrman.  This workshop is designed to equip non-profit arts organization staff and leaders with skills to implement a fresh approach to audience development and retention.  Additional details and registration information may be found in the following Audiences Everywhere Workshop media release or by calling 217-753-3519.  Registrations are due by May 2.

Adult Prom 2016

Adult prom is one of the newest events hosted by the Springfield Area Arts Council.  The 4th Annual Adult Prom will be held on Saturday, May 21 at Arlington’s in Downtown Springfield from 7-11 p.m..

Adult prom includes all the basic ingredients of a high-school prom including photos, dancing, decorations and, of course, the prom court! Semi-formal to formal attire suggested. There will be a cash bar and food will be available.

Head the Adult Prom page for more details!

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.


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.