Monthly Archives: October 2021


Arts Council Hosts 24th Biennial On My Own Time Citywide Art Exhibition

The Springfield Area Arts Council’s 24th On My Own Time art exhibition will open on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, in the M. G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association (700 North Fourth Street, Springfield).  The exhibition will close on Saturday, November 20.  An opening reception will take place on Wednesday, November 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.  The presentation of awards will begin at 6:15.  The public is invited to attend the reception, which is free, open to the public, and accessible.

Eighty-seven artists submitted one hundred eighty-six works of art to compete in twelve workplace exhibits that were held during October.  A panel of local artists conducted the judging, and all entrants were awarded ribbons for participation in thirteen categories.  Sixty-one pieces of art were selected from the twelve exhibits to receive first place awards, and they comprise the 2021 On My Own Time city-wide exhibit and competition, vying for first-, second-, third-place, and honorable mention awards.  In addition, the Peg Lonson Best of Show Award is given to the overall outstanding art entry in the citywide exhibit.  (Lonson was president of the Springfield Area Arts Council’s Board of Directors from 1984 until 1986, and she later served as Deputy Director of the Illinois Arts Council Agency.  The competition and exhibition is a program she developed in Springfield.)

Rosemary Buffington, coordinator of this year’s program, says, “This is such a worthwhile program both for employees and employers.   It is amazing to see the creativity of those who put in a day’s work and then on their own time create exciting works of art.   The Springfield area is fortunate to have such a tremendous outlet for workers turned artists.”

Participating employers in 2021:

Chatham Public Library

City of Springfield

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Office of the Inspector General

Illinois Department of Revenue

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Illinois State Board of Education

Illinois State Museum

Illinois State Police

Lincoln Land Community College

Office of the State Appellate Defender

Springfield Public School District 186

The Wardrobe

2021 judges:

Bryon Hartley, glass artist

Mary Ellen Strack, artist and educator

Roger Williams, photographer

On My Own Time is organized as a biennial exhibition program by the Springfield Area Arts Council with funding support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.  The purpose of the program is to help local businesses, agencies, and educational and medical institutions identify and celebrate the artistic talents of their employees.

For forty-five years, the Springfield Area Arts Council has sought to enrich the community through public access to the arts with a variety of performing and visual arts programs in Sangamon and Menard counties.

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Arts & Humanities Month News

October is National Arts & Humanities Month. Here’s the latest news and and a few ways to help you celebrate.

The Biden White House has released A Proclamation on National Arts and Humanities Month, 2021:

“As our Nation continues to grapple with consequential crises — from combating the ongoing global pandemic and addressing cries for racial justice to tackling the existential threat that climate change poses to our planet — the arts and humanities enable us to both understand our experiences and lift our sights. During this National Arts and Humanities Month, we celebrate the power of the arts and humanities to provide solace, understanding, and healing. We recognize the ability of the arts and humanities to amplify important and diverse voices and messages. We reflect on the fact that, as we have struggled with isolation, anxiety, and the loss of loved ones, we have turned to music and dance, literature and poetry, and philosophy and history to bring us together and help us persevere through, and grapple with, our current moment.”

The Creative Economy Revitalization Act (H.R. 5019/S. 2858) has recently been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. This bill would create a $300 million dollar grant program that will mitigate creative worker displacement, stimulate local creative workforce growth, strengthen connections for local creative small businesses and networks, create a pipeline for new creative jobs, enrich communities, increase access to culture, and invest in creative workers and local economies harmed by COVID-19.  Will you take a moment now to ask your members of Congress to become a cosponsor of this important legislation?

All month long, you can join the celebration of what the arts and humanities mean to you and your community. Click here to see all the ways you can engage this month and get to know the official ambassador of National Arts and Humanities Month, Alora Young, a 2021 Youth Poet Laureate.  And be sure to follow our Instagram where we are participating throughout the moth!

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