The Springfield Area Arts Council announces cancellation of most 2021 First Night® Springfield performances and activities set for this Friday due to a surge in coronavirus infections throughout Illinois.
“The weight of wisdom from many corners brought the Arts Council board to this decision,” said Sheila Walk, executive director of the Arts Council. “This record-setting rise in cases statewide drives us to protect our performing artists and all our potential attendees in and around Springfield.”
All afternoon and evening events at both the Hoogland Center for the Arts and the nearby First Presbyterian Church will not take place, and there is no virtual or online version.
“We care about art. We care about our community. Although this year’s 35th annual celebration of the arts is COVID-cancelled, please join us in looking forward to First Night Springfield 35.0 on December 31, 2022,” said Walk while thanking all who have contributed to the now-scratched event.
Friday Night Jazz, this week featuring Stone Cold Blues Band, will continue as planned from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm at Boone’s at 301 East Edwards Street. Following pandemic protocols is encouraged.
Hoogland Center for the Arts will contact current First Night ticket holders to refund all charges. For details, contact the Springfield Area Arts Council at 217-753-3519.