The Arts Council has been dedicated to developing and sustaining arts and culture initiatives in Springfield and surrounding communities since 1976. Our mission is to enrich the community by promoting all art forms and providing creative opportunities to participate in and enjoy the arts.


Jonnie Concoroo Band

October 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Michael Butler

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Debbie Ross Band

October 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


2019 First Night® Springfield

First Night Springfield is a family-oriented, New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts that will be held in downtown Springfield on December 31, 2018.  First Night Springfield is the first and longest-running First Night event in Illinois and one of the oldest in the nation.

Arts Council Calls for Performers

32nd Annual First Night® Springfield

The Springfield Area Arts Council announces a call for performers for this year’s 32nd annual First Night® Springfield.

Performer Inquiry

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. The contest begins anew with the start of each school year.  Students and teachers in Illinois are encouraged to contact us for further information.


More than 60% of all income generated by the Arts Council returns to the community in the form of arts programming, grants, and events. You can join fellow artists and art lovers in supporting the arts and arts education in Central Illinois.

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