Springfield Area Arts Council

Formally named the Penny Wollan-Kriel Arts in Education Program, in honor of the long-serving, retired executive director of SAAC, this program seeks to provide visual and performing arts experiences to students in Sangamon and Menard counties.  Funding is awarded to both public and private schools so that individual artists are able to provide enrichment by offering what might be a student’s only exposure to the arts.

Teachers may request funding throughout the school year by contacting Program Administrator Sheila Walk at programs@springfieldartsco.org.  

Donations to fund this important program are welcome and encouraged.

2022 – 2023 Program

School

Lanphier High

Enos Elementary

Cantrall Elementary

Riverton Middle

Iles Middle

Matheny-Withrow Elementary

Riverton Elementary

Tri-City Schools

Franklin Middle

Hazel Dell Elementary

Ball Charter School

Genre

Dance

Poetry

Children’s Literature

Children’s Literature

Storytelling

Theater

Storytelling

Visual Arts

3D Printing

Poetry, Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Artist

Julio Barrenzuela

Shatriya Smith

David Biedrzycki

Jordan Sonneblick

Brian Ellis

Bright Star Theater

Patrick Ryan

Jeff Williams

J. McClure, C. Vannier

Shatriya Smith, John Crisp

Supply Purchase

Riverton Middle School students discuss story-writing with author Jordan Sonneblick.
As part of Iles Middle School’s celebration of Chinese New Year, Brian Ellis tells Chinese folk tales.
As part of Iles Middle School’s celebration of Chinese New Year, Brian Ellis tells Chinese folk tales.

2021 – 2022 Program

School

Tri-City Junior High

Cantrall Intermediate

Laketown Elementary               

Ball Charter Elementary

Springfield High

Enos Elementary 

Purpose

Admission to art exhibit

Die cuts

Black history play

Vocal coaching

Choreography session

Assembly – Magician

Enos Elementary School asked Richard Landry to use magic to emphasize the skill of sharing.
Enos Elementary School asked Richard Landry to use magic to emphasize the skill of sharing.

2020 – 2021 Program

School

Cantrall Elementary

Cantrall Intermediate

Tri-city Elementary

Sangamon Valley Intermediate

New Berlin Elementary

Sangamon Valley Primary

Early Learning Center

Supplies purchased and purpose

Desk easels, Mirrors for self-portraits

Pro machine for creating art pieces

Storage containers for art supplies

Ukuleles for music lessons

Clay for small sculptures

Tambourines, Rhythm sticks for music lessons

Virtual performance by singer-songwriter

2019 – 2020 Program

School

Saint Agnes

Early Learning

Enos Elementary

Cantrall Elementary

Cantrall Intermediate

Riverton Elementary

Saint Aloysius

Saint Joseph

Black Hawk Elementary

Black Hawk Elementary

Artist/Performer

Menard County Singers

Rachel Rambach

Richard Landry

Patrick Ryan

Eugene Clark

Patrick Ryan

Switchback

Switchback

Tater Tots

John T. Crisp, Jr.

Saint Aloysius School invited Switchback to illustrate music genres.
Saint Aloysius School invited Switchback to illustrate music genres.

2018- 2019 Program

There was no funding available for the 2018-2019  academic year.

2017 – 2018 Program Summary

Students = 2,425

Teachers = 184

Artists = 18

Funding from the Susan Cook House Educational Trust made these school visits possible.  The Trust’s support is acknowledged with much gratitude.

Cantrall Elementary School hosted muralist Troy Freeman
Cantrall Elementary School hosted muralist Troy Freeman
Black Hawk Elementary School learned African Drums and Dance
Black Hawk Elementary School learned African Drums and Dance

Past Program Highlights 

At Enos Elementary School, Magician Richard Landry presented an anti-bullying message to an all-school student assembly.  The kids were captivated by the magic and by Snowball, the rabbit.
At Enos Elementary School, Magician Richard Landry presented an anti-bullying message to an all-school student assembly.  The kids were captivated by the magic and by Snowball, the rabbit.
At Grant Middle School's "Rhythm and Poetry Night," percussionist Mark McKnight offered entertainment.  Students participated in the evening activities.
At Grant Middle School’s “Rhythm and Poetry Night,” percussionist Mark McKnight offered entertainment.  Students participated in the evening activities.
At Lutheran High School, local Singer/songwriter Ben Bedford presented "History and Crafting of a Song."
At Lutheran High School, local Singer/songwriter Ben Bedford presented “History and Crafting of a Song.”
Montessori Children's House hosted the Windy City Players, who performed "The Emperor's New Clothes."
Montessori Children’s House hosted the Windy City Players, who performed “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
Riverton Elementary School hosted Storyteller Patrick Ryan--a popular favorite.
Riverton Elementary School hosted Storyteller Patrick Ryan–a popular favorite.