The Arts Council provides opportunities for everyone at a wide variety of events and programs. There is truly something for everyone, and nearly all of our events provide revenue to fund our other programs and services including grants to organizations and placing artists in schools.
Uptown Friday Night:
For 22 years, the Springfield Area Arts Council has partnered with Archer Bailey and Robbie’s Restaurant, 4 Old State Capitol Plaza South, to present a live jazz and blues performance series. Held weekly from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, attendees enjoy fine food, beverages, and great music. There is no cover charge, but a 50/50 raffle is held with proceeds benefiting the programs of the Arts Council.
First Night™ Springfield December 31, 2017:
A Celebration of the Arts on New Year’s Eve with featured performances and fireworks held in downtown Springfield. A program of free children’s activities takes place in the afternoon. New to First Night activities in 2013, a 5K run/walk/stroll kicked off on Sunday, December 27, but was not held in 2015 or 2016. Check out the First Night Page for more information about the event.
Artist On The Plaza:
This summertime program takes place on the South Plaza of the Old State Capitol at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free performances range from singer/songwriters to musical theater performers, from dancers to jugglers. It’s a great way to break up the work day or simply to enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown Springfield.
On My Own Time:
On My Own Time, a visual arts exhibit and competition, is open to employees of local businesses, educational and medical institutions, and governmental agencies. The intent of On My Own Time is to encourage and display artwork of talented employees whose work is created “on my own time,” not at the workplace. The competition and exhibition were held in 2016, and will be held again in 2017 in order to get the program back on its biennial calendar. Please check back for specific details.