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Welcome to the Springfield Area Arts Council


Won’t you join us today in celebration of this milestone? Together we can enrich the community through the arts.   Click this link to find out how you can help.

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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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.

2018 First Night® Springfield

Join us downtown on December 31, 2017, for our 31st annual celebration of the arts and the new year!  Our event is the oldest in Illinois, and one of the oldest in the nation.  Proceeds benefit the programs of the Arts Council, including grants to area artists, arts organizations and social service agencies with arts programming and the Penny Wollan-Kriel Arts In Education Program, serving students and teachers in all schools in Sangamon and Menard counties.  We promise a special celebration!  Click here and scroll down for event details, or you may use on the drop-down box above to submit your details if you’re a performer and would like us to consider hiring you.

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.

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