Springfield Area Arts Council

Community Arts Access is a re-granting program run by the Springfield Area Arts Council with funding from the Illinois Arts Council Agency to award project-based grants to local arts organizations and to nonprofits with arts programming.

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.

A panel of artists and community members determines the recipients.


African-American History Museum – Black Is Handsome Art Exhibit

Big Brothers-Big Sisters – Artful Appreciation Sessions

Camp Cilca – Art Week

Copper Coin Ballet Company – Leap into Lincoln Program

Educational Center for the Visually-impaired – What Art Feels Like Sculpture Exhibit

Hoogland Center for the Arts – Production Costs for Finding Nemo

Illinois State Museum Society – Noir Art Exhibit

Illinois Symphony Orchestra – Community Engagement Concerts

Land of Lincoln Chorus – Most Wonderful Time of Year Concert

Liturgical Arts Festival – Public Performances and Exhibits

Menard County Singers – Accompanist Stipend and Space Rental

Scholastic Art Awards – Honors Day Stipends and Supplies

Senior Services of Central Illinois – Senior Art Classes

Springfield International Folk Dancers – Rental Assistance

Springfield Park District – International Carillon Festival

Springfield Youth Performance Group – Mighty Movers Community Outreach

UIS Visual Arts Gallery – Consider a Disappearance Exhibit

Voices of Love, Joy, and Peace – Music Scholarship Concert


Hoogland Center for the Arts – High School Musical

Illinois State Museum Society – Noir:  Art Exhibition

Land of Lincoln Chorus – Music of Spring

Menard County Singers – Rehearsal and Performance Space Rental

Scholastic Art Awards – Honors Day Classes

Senior Services of Central Illinois – Senior Art Classes

Sound Celebration Chorus – Marketing Project

Springfield Art Association – ASL-interpreted Lectures

Springfield International Folk Dancers – Rehearsal and Storage Space Rental

Voices of Love, Joy, and Peace – Music Scholarship Concert