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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. Come and enjoy fine food and beverages paired with great music.
There is no cover charge.

A 50/50 raffle is held with proceeds benefiting the programs of the Arts Council.

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

Congratulations to Archer Bailey, owner of our long-time venue Robbie’s Restaurant, on his retirement.  Stay tuned as we search for new venue.

First Night™ Springfield December 31, 2020

Our annual New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts might be virtual this year, keeping artists and audiences safe.

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 2021.

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.