The Poetry Out Loud National Final concluded in Washington, D.C. on May 2nd, 2019. Minnesota's Isabella Callery (Anishinaabe), a senior at Arcadia Charter School, received top honors and won a $20,000 prize. She recited poems by Joy Harjo, Natalie Diaz, and Charles Lamb. Second place went to Illinois' own Scottlynn Ernestine Ballard. She is [...]
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The Springfield Area Arts Council announces the opening of its fiscal year 2019 City Arts competitive grant program. Non-profit organizations, those working with individual performing and visual artists, and performing and visual arts organizations are invited to apply for funding to support projects in a number of categories. All must operate in either Sangamon or Menard [...]
Committed to Words and Memory THE SPRINGFIELD AREA ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES ILLINOIS STATE WINNERS “Poetry is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.” These lines from Mary Oliver [...]
POETRY OUT LOUD: NATIONAL RECITATION CONTEST THE SPRINGFIELD AREA ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES CENTRAL ILLINOIS REGIONAL WINNERS In the temper and the tantrum, in the well-kept arboretum I am waiting, like an animal, For poetry. From "That Everything’s Inevitable" by Katy Lederer These words, recited by Aasne Daniels (mistress of ceremonies), were heard [...]
For immediate release Contact: Sheila Walk February 4, 2019 217-753-3519 In the temper and the tantrum, in the well-kept arboretum I am waiting, like an animal, For poetry. By Katy Lederer, "That Everything’s Inevitable" from The Heaven-Sent [...]
STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER, 12/27/18 32nd First Night Springfield dedicated to its founder By Tamara Browning, Staff Writer llinois’ longest running New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts will note milestones this year as it remembers the woman who was its founder. The Springfield Area Arts Council will present First Night Springfield Dec. 31 with activities [...]
ILLINOIS TIMES, 12/27/18 Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:01 am KAY FEURER Champion for the arts By Karen Ackerman Witter “Kay Feurer loved and appreciated the arts,” says Grace Nanavati, director emeritus of the Springfield Ballet Company (SBC). “She left a forever footprint in our city. I adored Kay. She had an internal ticker to [...]
Music at the Market voted “Best Free Entertainment” in the 2018 Illinois Times Best of Springfield edition.
ILLINOIS TIMES BEST FREE ENTERTAINMENT 2018
More free music in downtown Springfield next summer We won the Levitt AMP grant! Thanks to all who voted.