The Springfield Area Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1976 in Springfield, Illinois with the mission to enrich the community by providing creative opportunities to participate in and enjoy the arts. We fulfill our mission by supporting art and cultural initiatives in Springfield and surrounding communities.

We’re located in the lower level of the beautiful Hoogland Center for the Arts: 420 South Sixth Street Springfield, IL 62701 • Phone: 217-753-3519 • Fax: 217-753-8018. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2020 Audit (PDF)

Recommitment to Equity Statement

In the sweep of pandemic and protest, the Springfield Area Arts Council renews our commitment to encourage, embrace, and celebrate diversity. The Arts Council affirms our pledge not to discriminate in any way by reason of race, color, religion, national origin, income, mental/physical ability, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression and to listen to those who know better than we do where discrimination lingers in our society.

The visual, performing, and literary arts in the greater Springfield area should encompass all creative efforts. Therefore, the Arts Council stands ready to ally with those who seek to educate and to find community-led solutions.

As the Arts Council celebrates our 45th anniversary, we will endeavor to help the community imagine, engage, heal, and move forward.

Administrative Staff

Sheila Walk, Executive Director  
Sarah Burke, Bookkeeper            
Emily Page, Web & Social Manager     @springfieldartsco
Carey Smith, Program Assistant
Leotie Philbrick, Intern

Board of Directors


President: Adena Rivas
Past-President: Ryan Cannon
Administrative Vice-President: Steve Rambach
Development Vice-President: Lamar Walls
Treasurer: Steve Myers
Secretary: Raven Dodson

Directors At Large

Julio Barrenzuela
Nika Champion
Roberta Codemo
Ashley Davis
Anastasia Lindsey