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The Poetry Out Loud Central Illinois Regional Contest welcomes the winners of school contests across the central illinois regional to compete against each other for a chance to move forward to the Illinois State Competition.

The Regional Contest will take place on Wednesday, February 13th at 4:00 PM at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

All are welcome to watch the competition. Admission is free.


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.