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The Springfield Area Arts Council is joining the Adams Family downtown for five weeks this summer to help local musicians share their talent with our community.

For over thirty years, the Springfield Area Arts Council has hosted a summertime concert series called Artist on the Plaza. This year, the Arts Council will host the program with a new title, Artist on Adams, and a new location, outside Café Moxo.  As in previous years, this series will consist of performances by local musicians and is free to the public. The hour-long concerts will be family-friendly and enjoyable for all.

The Arts Council acknowledges the Illinois Arts Council Agency for funding the concerts this year through an arts relief grant.

  •   Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 7 through August 6, 2020
  •   12:00 – 1:00 P.M.
  •   411 E. Adams St.; Springfield, IL
  •   Free on-street parking

The Arts Council provides opportunities for everyone at a wide variety of events and programs. There is truly something for everyone, and nearly all of our events provide revenue to fund our other programs and services including grants to organizations and placing artists in schools.

Uptown Friday Night:

For over 20 years, the Springfield Area Arts Council has partnered with Archer Bailey and Robbie’s Restaurant on Old State Capitol Plaza South to present a weekly jazz and blues performance series. Held weekly from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, attendees enjoy fine food, beverages and great music. There is no cover charge but a 50/50 raffle is held with proceeds benefiting the programs of the Arts Council.

First Night™ Springfield December 31, 2018:

A Celebration of the Arts on New Year’s Eve with featured performances and fireworks held in downtown Springfield. A program of free children’s activities takes place in the afternoon.

Artist On The Plaza:

This summertime program takes place on the South Plaza of the Old State Capitol at noon on Wednesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free performances range from singer/songwriters to musical theater performers, from dancers to jugglers. It’s a great way to break up the work day or simply to enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown Springfield.

On My Own Time:

On My Own Time, a visual arts exhibit and competition, is open to employees of local businesses, educational and medical institutions, and governmental agencies. The intent of On My Own Time is to encourage and display artwork of talented employees whose work is created “on my own time,” not at the workplace. This biennial program will be held again in 2019.