We at the Arts Council are dedicated to developing and sustaining arts and culture initiatives in Springfield and surrounding communities. We have been doing so 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.
2019 First Night® Springfield
32nd Annual 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.
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.