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Gov. Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot Launch Arts for Illinois

Arts Alliance Illinois has partnered with Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to launch Arts for Illinois  to provide artists and arts organizations with support during the COVID-19 crisis. It is a collaboration between the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and members of the philanthropic community that recognizes the importance [...]

By |2020-04-01T19:49:49+00:00April 1st, 2020|News|Comments Off on Gov. Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot Launch Arts for Illinois

An Inside Look at the Nation’s Largest High School Poetry Recitation Contest

Amy Stolls, Director of Literary Arts, National Endowment for the Arts wrote a recent blog post giving a backstage look at the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest Excerpt: In this age of texts and tweets, a poem reminds us that there is beauty in our language, in the world, in ourselves, and in [...]

By |2020-03-31T05:38:24+00:00March 31st, 2020|News|Comments Off on An Inside Look at the Nation’s Largest High School Poetry Recitation Contest

ARTS SUPPORT INCLUDED IN FEDERAL COVID-19 RELIEF BILL

Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the third phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) response relief package. This $2 trillion emergency stimulus package includes direct support for both nonprofit cultural organizations and state and local arts and humanities agencies, as well as economic relief provisions for independent contractors, "gig economy" workers and artists, entrepreneurs, [...]

By |2020-03-26T20:12:06+00:00March 26th, 2020|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on ARTS SUPPORT INCLUDED IN FEDERAL COVID-19 RELIEF BILL

Illinois makes history in advancing arts education for all students

CHICAGO / SPRINGFIELD - Today Illinois made history, becoming the first state in the nation to include the arts as a distinct, weighted indicator of K-12 success in its school accountability system. The arts – dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts – now stand alongside subjects such as math and science in [...]

By |2020-03-20T16:10:20+00:00March 20th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Illinois makes history in advancing arts education for all students

Old Capitol Farmers Market Application Now Live

The Old Capitol Farmers Market is sponsored by HSHS St. John’s Hospital and provided by Downtown Springfield, Inc. in cooperation with Springfield Area Arts Council. It is a producer-only farmers market located in the heart of Downtown Springfield at or near the corner of 4th and Adams Street. The 2020 season of the Old Capitol [...]

By |2020-03-15T05:33:18+00:00March 15th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Old Capitol Farmers Market Application Now Live

2020 Illinois State Poetry Out Loud Contest Winners

Photograph of Hsu and Weidner (William Richards, photographer; Award designed by Jensine Stickley) THE SPRINGFIELD AREA ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES ILLINOIS STATE POETRY OUT LOUD WINNERS   “Where are the songs of spring? Ay, Where are they?    Think not of them, thou hast thy music too.” These lines from “To Autumn” by John Keats were [...]

By |2020-03-27T18:00:06+00:00March 9th, 2020|News, Poetry Out Loud|Comments Off on 2020 Illinois State Poetry Out Loud Contest Winners

2020 Central Illinois Regional Contest Held: Sixteen students from around Illinois will participate in state-wide poetry recitation contest

Photo: Alternate Joy Brown, Springfield High School, with Lambert and Hughes at central Illinois regional contest - Hoogland Center for the Arts - February 13, 2020  (Photographer: Kari Bedford) “A poet is someone who can pour light into a cup, then raise it to nourish your beautiful parched, holy mouth.”  حافظ  Hafiz Sixteen students [...]

By |2020-03-09T05:58:30+00:00February 27th, 2020|News, Poetry Out Loud|Comments Off on 2020 Central Illinois Regional Contest Held: Sixteen students from around Illinois will participate in state-wide poetry recitation contest

2020 Poetry Out Loud Central Illinois Regional Contest To Take Place on February 13th

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with the shades of deeper meaning. Maya Angelou The Springfield Area Arts Council will host the Poetry Out Loud Central Illinois Regional Contest on Thursday, February 13, at 4:00 P.M. in Theatre Three at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.  There is [...]

By |2020-03-09T05:59:40+00:00February 10th, 2020|News|Comments Off on 2020 Poetry Out Loud Central Illinois Regional Contest To Take Place on February 13th

Press Release for First Night® Springfield 2020

First Night® Springfield Thirty-three years.  That’s how long ago Springfield’s annual CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS began.  It was the first one west of the Alleghenies and remains the longest-running in Illinois.  Although there are fewer venues now than in 1987, the quality of entertainment offered is as great as ever. Please venture downtown on [...]

By |2020-01-06T16:15:23+00:00January 6th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Press Release for First Night® Springfield 2020

Springfield Wins Grant to Present the Second Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series

$25K in matching funds will once again bring free outdoor concerts to Y Block December 20, 2019 —Today, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation named Springfield, Illinois as one of 20 small- to mid-sized towns and cities across America to win a Levitt AMP Grant Award of $25K in matching funds to present [...]

By |2019-12-23T14:51:31+00:00December 23rd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Springfield Wins Grant to Present the Second Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series