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The Expressions Challenge Now Accepting Entries

The Walgreens Expressions Challenge is a contest that allows high school students the opportunity to express what’s on their minds and hearts through the arts.

Here are the details:

– The challenge is open to high school students (13-18).

– There are three entry categories (spoken word, visual arts, and media arts).

– Students can enter each category if they choose (but one entry per category).

– Students can submit previously created work or create something new.

– Students can work alone or in groups.

– Students can choose any topic.

– Twelve students/groups will be awarded $2,000!

– Video, audio (max 3 minutes) and image files accepted only (no text files)

– Entries are due March 31.

Visit https://expressionschallenge.com for more details or to submit your entry.

By |2021-03-22T08:09:18-05:00March 22nd, 2021|News|Comments Off on The Expressions Challenge Now Accepting Entries

SPRINGFIELD AREA ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES ILLINOIS STATE POETRY OUT LOUD WINNERS

Catherine Herrera

Catherine Herrera, 2021 Illinois State Champion

From her mouth perfect words exploded,
intact formulas of light and darkness.
She dared to rhyme with words like cochineal
and described the skies like diadem.
Obscurely worded incantations filled the room
with an alchemy that made the very molecules quake.

These lines from “Emily Dickinson at the Poetry Slam” by Dan Vera were among those recited by Catherine Herrera (Taft High School, Chicago), the 2021 Illinois State champion in the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition was held virtually earlier this week.

To win the competition, Herrera also recited “The Collar” by George Herbert and “Bright Copper Kettles” by Vijay Seshadri. Herrera now will advance to the virtual national competition in May.

Riley Tomes from Wheaton-Warrenville High School was declared the runner-up. Rounding out the top five were Madden Delaney (Franklin High School), Candice Epps (Rolling Meadows High School), and Liesl Schrag (Champaign Central High School).

The Illinois State Contest featured recitations by two students from each of eight Poetry Out Loud regions in the state: Central, Chicago-City, Chicago-Metro, Eastern, Northern, South-central, Southern, and Western.

Other students participating from around the state:
Thaddeus Bergschneider (Franklin High School, Franklin)
Emma Carmona (Jefferson High School, Rockford )
Michelle Castelan (Von Steuben High School, Chicago)
Regan Cook (Bureau Valley High School, Manlius)
Ellyne Crowden (Agape Christian High School, Marion)
Jordyn Ginestra (Edwardsville High School, Edwardsville)
Paige Graves (Agape Christian High School, Marion)
Joshua Merz (Freeburg High School, Freeburg)
Genna Roth (Central High School, Champaign)
Raeanna Tremethick (Jefferson High School, Rockford )
Paige Twidell (Bureau Valley High School, Manlius)

Contest staff for the 2021 Illinois State Contest included
RECITATION JUDGES
Joanne Diáz, poet and college professor (Bloomington)
Ronald Lybarger, poet and teacher (Decatur)
Rapheal Mathis, poet and performer (Chicago)
Peggy Oulvey, college professor and forensics coach (Glen Carbon)

ACCURACY JUDGE
Théa Chesley, poet and librarian (Springfield)

SCOREKEEPER
Bob Jessup, mainframe programmer (Springfield)

TECHNICIAN
David Cain, videographer (Girard)

ASSISTANT
Carey Smith, writer (Springfield)

Contest coordinator was Sheila Walk (Springfield Area Arts Council). Program manager was Susan Dickson (Illinois Arts Council Agency).

Poetry Out Loud in Illinois is a collaborative project of the Illinois Arts Council Agency and seven arts agencies, each of which hosts a regional contest. The Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through analysis, memorization, performance, and competition. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, in conjunction with state arts agencies, support this nation-wide program with participants from all fifty states plus Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Statewide this year, 3079 students and 84 teachers from 26 schools entered the program.

“Among the benefits of the Poetry Out Loud program is that it helps young women and men find something they’re good at. These students are so brave and talented and insightful,” said Sheila Walk, contest organizer, during the post-contest reception, “and they are supportive of one another.”

More information is available at www.poetryoutloud.org or from the Springfield Area Arts Council.

By |2021-03-17T22:42:20-05:00March 17th, 2021|News, Poetry Out Loud|Comments Off on SPRINGFIELD AREA ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES ILLINOIS STATE POETRY OUT LOUD WINNERS

THE SPRINGFIELD AREA ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES CENTRAL ILLINOIS REGIONAL WINNERS

Lo! ’t is a gala night

   Within the lonesome latter years!  

An angel throng, bewinged, bedight

   In veils, and drowned in tears,  

Sit in a theatre, to see

   A play of hopes and fears,

While the orchestra breathes fitfully  

   The music of the spheres.

-from “The Conqueror Worm” by Edgar Allan Poe

 

These words, recited by Ryan Horstman of Springfield’s Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, earned him third place in the Central Illinois Poetry Out Loud Contest held this month.

Thaddeus Bergschneider and Madden Delaney of Franklin High School were the top two finishers in the competition.  They will advance to the Illinois State Finals in March.  Due to the pandemic, all competitions are held virtually.

The Illinois State Contest will feature recitations by two students from each of eight Poetry Out Loud regions in the state.  The Illinois State champion will advance to the national contest.

260 students and 10 teachers in 5 schools began the 2021 Poetry Out Loud season in central Illinois last fall.

Other contestants in the Central Illinois Regional Contest were

Elisabeth Anderson and Maddy Graham, Eureka High School (Eureka)

Makenna Gill and Bethany Wagner, Morton High School (Morton)

Grace Lambert, Sacred Heart-Griffin High School (Springfield)

Alysa Samaniego, Springfield High School (Springfield)

Contest staff for the Central Illinois Regional Contest included

Recitation judges:  Randy Brooks, Carol Davis, and Juliann Quigg

Accuracy judge:  Thèa Chesley

Scorekeeper:  Bob Jessup

Technician:  David Cain

Poetry Out Loud in Illinois is a collaborative project of the Illinois Arts Council Agency and seven agencies, each of which hosts a regional contest.  The Poetry Out Loud:  National Recitation Contest is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through analysis, memorization, performance, and competition.  The National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation, in conjunction with state arts agencies, support this nation-wide program with participants from all fifty states plus Guam, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

More information is available at www.poetryoutloud.org.

By |2021-02-25T08:11:10-05:00February 25th, 2021|News, Poetry Out Loud|Comments Off on THE SPRINGFIELD AREA ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES CENTRAL ILLINOIS REGIONAL WINNERS

Arts policy and the COVID crisis: Resources and Actions | February 2021

Much has been happening over the past few weeks regarding COVID-19 relief on the federal and state levels, and the arts are still in need.

Take action: Click here to call on Congress to include strong relief for the arts sector in the COVID relief package.  

And a quick announcement to join us and get your questions answered on all things unemployment & SVOG! Learn more below. 

TOMORROW! February 19, 3:30 pm: The Latest on Unemployment 
We will have a representative from the Illinois Department of Employment Security with us to answer your questions about unemployment and any issues you’ve had navigating the system this past year.
Register here.

February 26, 1:00pm: Q&A for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program 
We will have a representative from the Small Business Administration to answer your questions about the SVO program.
Register here. 

Friday Office Hours with Jonathan
Have a policy question you don’t see covered by the webinars above? Join Alliance Deputy Director, Jonathan VanderBrug for a Friday Office Hour session from 10AM – 11AMCST. Come with your SVO, legislative, and relief program questions and Jonathan will do his best to offer you some clarity!
Sign up for #AskJonathan here.

By |2021-02-19T09:58:37-05:00February 19th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Arts policy and the COVID crisis: Resources and Actions | February 2021

Now Hiring : Part-Time Bookkeeper

Erica, our top-notch bookkeeper for three years, has decided to leave us.  So we are looking for someone to work 2-5 hours a week, year-round.

$15 per hour.  No benefits other than flexible schedule.

Duties:

Maintain accounts receivable and accounts payable

Assist with the preparation of fiscal year budget

Process payroll and taxes

Pay bills and make deposits

Reconcile bank statements

Prepare financial reports for board

Generate year-end reports, tax documents, and donor letters

Assist with annual audit

Help with the preparation of grant applications and reports

Work as needed with fund-raising events and programs

Advise staff and board on financial matters

Other duties as assigned

Experience with QuickBooks software and usage of standard accounting practices required

Interest in the arts and/or non-profit organizations desired

If interested, send a resume and cover letter to Sheila Walk at programs@springfieldartsco.org.

By |2021-02-18T14:56:45-05:00February 18th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Now Hiring : Part-Time Bookkeeper

HeARTS for the ARTS

Would you help us spread the word about two new fund-raisers, please?

Having two big, annual fund-raisers Covid-canceled in 2020 prompted the Arts Council board to find new ways to pay operating expenses.  So, next week, we are running two events – a Valentine’s Day drive-through dinner and a backyard barbecue package Facebook auction.

Details are below and in the attached fliers.

Thank you, so much!

Drive-through Valentine’s Dinner from Nelson’s Catering

Pick-up: Sunday, February 14; 3:00-5:00 P.M. at Creative Reuse Marketplace (122 S. 4th St.)

Sweet Lovin’ Chicken Dinner

With cheese potatoes, southern-style green beans, fresh garden salad, roll/butter, and salted caramel brownie

Forever Always Meatless Lasagna 

With green beans, fresh garden salad, garlic breadstick, and salted caramel brownie

Each order includes a handmade gift.     Cost: $25.00     Order deadline: Thursday, February 11, at noon

Buy dinner tickets at https://springfieldartsco.org/heartsforthearts/

Backyard Barbecue for 25 People from Nelson’s Catering

Appetizers: Grilled Chicken Wings, Bourbon-glazed Meatballs, Stuffed Mushrooms

Entrées: Grilled 1/4 Chicken, Pulled Pork Barbecue, Smoked Beef Brisket

Sides: Cheddar Cheese Potatoes, Green Beans, Rolls and Butter

Desserts: Fresh Fruit Salad, Salted Caramel Brownies

FACEBOOK AUCTION     Visit facebook.com/SpringfieldArtsCo/ to place your bid.

Auction begins Sunday, February 7, at 6:00P.M.  Winning bidder announced on Sunday, February 14, at 6:00 P.M.

Dinner flier                                          Auction flier

By |2021-02-05T09:43:38-05:00February 5th, 2021|News|Comments Off on HeARTS for the ARTS

2021 National Poetry Month Poster Now Available

This April will be the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month! To request the 2021 edition of the National Poetry Month Poster, or to download the PDF, please visit the Academy of American Poet’s website.

This year’s poster was designed by senior Bao Lu from Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, New York.

By |2021-01-25T10:44:23-05:00January 25th, 2021|News|Comments Off on 2021 National Poetry Month Poster Now Available

Resources for Artists (January 2021)

IL Create the Future

We’re collecting stories of artists making a difference, and we want to hear from you! Are you finding creative ways to use your artistic practice to engage with your community? We’re promoting civically engaged artists on our social media and encouraging the creative community to get involved! We’d love to highlight your work. No project too small.

Share your story here https://form.jotform.com/202476296399167

Artists as Social Change Agents    January 26, 2:00-3:00 pm

Webinar.  Networking from 3:00-3:30 pm eastern.

This conversation explores how the arts can change what people know and believe, and how they engage in communities. Learn more or register.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-placemaking-leadership-webinars-registration-116926818261

Watch an Arts Alliance Illinois webinar for the latest on unemployment insurance benefits.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is already implementing the extension of coverage for gig workers and independent contractors, as well as the additional $300/week.

You can find the webinar here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BMpjSgPN50.

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By |2021-01-21T12:18:31-05:00January 21st, 2021|News|Comments Off on Resources for Artists (January 2021)

Community Arts Access 2021 Recipients Announced

The Springfield Area Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2021 COMMUNITY ARTS ACCESS grants in Sangamon and Menard counties.

Community Arts Access grants are given in conjunction with the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the City of Springfield. The grants provide the opportunity for local arts agencies like the Springfield Area Arts Council to distribute state funds in their own service areas according to local needs. The program is designed to give the community more access to the arts, especially among under-served populations.

The grantees and their programs follow.

Downtown Springfield, Incorporated – Transforming vacant storefronts downtown with art installations

Illinois State Museum Society – Ancestral Threads exhibit focusing on the fiber art of Sherise Wright, quilter

Illinois Symphony Orchestra – Sunday at Six recitals

James Weldon Johnson Study Guild – We Join Hands, a program to heighten awareness of African-American artists and authors

Menard County Singers – Space rental for rehearsals

Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery – To provide art activities for clients

The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space – To mentor emerging artists

Scholastic Art Awards – Program booklet design and printing

Springfield Ballet Company – Dancing through the District, in partnership with the Springfield Park District

By |2021-01-11T16:41:10-05:00January 11th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Community Arts Access 2021 Recipients Announced
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