Monthly Archives: January 2021


2021 National Poetry Month Poster Now Available

This April will be the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month! To request the 2021 edition of the National Poetry Month Poster, or to download the PDF, please visit the Academy of American Poet’s website.

This year’s poster was designed by senior Bao Lu from Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, New York.

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Resources for Artists (January 2021)

IL Create the Future

We’re collecting stories of artists making a difference, and we want to hear from you! Are you finding creative ways to use your artistic practice to engage with your community? We’re promoting civically engaged artists on our social media and encouraging the creative community to get involved! We’d love to highlight your work. No project too small.

Share your story here

Artists as Social Change Agents    January 26, 2:00-3:00 pm

Webinar.  Networking from 3:00-3:30 pm eastern.

This conversation explores how the arts can change what people know and believe, and how they engage in communities. Learn more or register.

Watch an Arts Alliance Illinois webinar for the latest on unemployment insurance benefits.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is already implementing the extension of coverage for gig workers and independent contractors, as well as the additional $300/week.

You can find the webinar here:

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By |2021-01-21T12:18:31-06:00January 21st, 2021|News|Comments Off on Resources for Artists (January 2021)

Community Arts Access 2021 Recipients Announced

The Springfield Area Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2021 COMMUNITY ARTS ACCESS grants in Sangamon and Menard counties.

Community Arts Access grants are given in conjunction with the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the City of Springfield. The grants provide the opportunity for local arts agencies like the Springfield Area Arts Council to distribute state funds in their own service areas according to local needs. The program is designed to give the community more access to the arts, especially among under-served populations.

The grantees and their programs follow.

Downtown Springfield, Incorporated – Transforming vacant storefronts downtown with art installations

Illinois State Museum Society – Ancestral Threads exhibit focusing on the fiber art of Sherise Wright, quilter

Illinois Symphony Orchestra – Sunday at Six recitals

James Weldon Johnson Study Guild – We Join Hands, a program to heighten awareness of African-American artists and authors

Menard County Singers – Space rental for rehearsals

Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery – To provide art activities for clients

The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space – To mentor emerging artists

Scholastic Art Awards – Program booklet design and printing

Springfield Ballet Company – Dancing through the District, in partnership with the Springfield Park District

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