Springfield Area Arts Council

The Springfield Area Arts Council produces the outdoor summer performance series, Artist on the Plaza, as part of our mission is to enrich the community through the arts. The performance series is free to the public and features local talent.

This summertime program takes place on the South Lawn of the Old State Capitol at Noon on Fridays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting. Free performances range from singer/songwriters to musical theater performers and from dancers to jugglers. It’s a great way to break up the work day or simply to enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown Springfield.

Summer 2023 Sponsors

The Arts Council is so grateful to these businesses and individuals that make our ARTIST ON THE PLAZA season possible. Because of their contributions, we can pay local performers to entertain residents and tourists during the noon hour every Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Thank you!

The Alamo


Bank of Springfield

Celtic Mist Pub

CJP Architects

Development Services Group

Eck, Schafer, and Punke

Ferry and Associates Architects

Joe McMenamin, Attorney


Obed and Isaac’s

Paul O’Shea

Quenette Development

Staab Funeral Home

D. Lawrence Construction

Sangamon Towers and Near North Village

Artist on the Plaza SCHEDULE, Fridays from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. June August 2—LuHi Band 4—Marques Morel 9—Monica Hay 11—Tad O’Brien 16—Tom Irwin 18—Copper Coin Ballet Company 23—Amy Benton 25—Peaches and Bacon 30—Fourth Dementia July September 7—Calia Cole 1—Randy Erwin 14—Prairie Winds Flute Ensemble 21—Messengers for Christ 28—David Tell SPONSORS The Alamo Maid-Rite Anonymous Joe McMenamin, Attorney Bank of Springfield Obed & Isaac’s Celtic Mist Pub Paul O’Shea CJP Architects PMI Downtown Living Development Services Group Quenette Development Eck, Schafer, & Punke R. D. Lawrence Construction Ferry and Assoc. Architects Staab Funeral Home

Upcoming Performances