The Springfield Area Arts Council’s mission is to enrich the community through the arts.  To help fulfill that mission, the Arts Council produces an outdoor summer performance series called Artist on the Plaza.  The performance series is free to the public and features local talent.  Funding for the 2021 season comes from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Artist on the Plaza

Takes place every Tuesday and Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day (June 1 – September 2)

12:00 – 1:00 P.M.

On the Old State Capitol south lawn (near Fifth and Adams in downtown Springfield)

This concerts are family-friendly and are the perfect way to spend a lunch hour or to take a break from seeing the sites.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets.  Shade provided.  Free.  Accessible.


June                                                      August

1 Robert Sampson                           3 Adrian Russo

3 Josie Lowder                                  5 St. Andrew’s Society Dancers

8 Dennis Darling                                10 Jaden Saunders

10 John Drake                                    12 Tom Irwin

15 Colin Helton                                  17 Prairie Winds Flute Ensemble

17 After-school Special                  19 Capital City Big Band

22 Messengers for Christ              24 Derrick Streibig

24 Springfield Dance                       26 Tad Derek O’Brien

29 Mike Anderson                           31 Sam Crain

July                                                        September

1 Craig Russo                                      2 Peaches and Bacon

6 Erica Egger

8 David Tell

13 Phil Steinberg

15 Rhodes and Battles

20 Arlin and Erin

22 Ian Wick

27 Springfield Theatre Centre

29 Micah Walk

Attached:  Art by local artist Jim Edwards