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Come catch the Route 66 Quartet at this week’s Artist on the Plaza!

The Springfield Area Arts Council’s mission is to enrich the community through the arts. To help fulfill that mission, the Arts Council produces an outdoor summer performance series called Artist on the Plaza. The performance series is free to the public and features local talent. This summertime program takes place on the South Lawn of the Old State Capitol at Noon on Fridays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting.

Free performances range from singer/songwriters to musical theater performers and 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.

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.

Friday Night Jazz

Relaunching after Uptown Friday Night, a year-round series of jazz concerts held at Robbie’s Restaurant for decades, went on hiatus in March 2020,  the Arts Council is happy to announce that Boone’s will host the best local jazz ensembles each Friday evening.

First Night™ Springfield December 31, 2021

Our annual New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts will be live this year with events at Hoogland Center for the Arts and First Presbyterian Church.

On My Own Time

On My Own Time, a biennial 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.

Mayor’s Awards for the Arts

These awards, given to recognize artists, arts educators, businesses, volunteers, and arts organizations in Sangamon and Menard counties, will be given in 2022.