You will find a wide range of arts and culture opportunities brought to you by these hardworking groups!

Black Sheep Cafe

The Black Sheep Cafe is an all ages music venue in Springfield, Illinois. The Black Sheep opened for its first shows in September 2005, and since then has become a notable venue in the Springfield, Illinois music scene. The venue is a drug and alcohol free space and is also entirely run by volunteers.

Downtown Springfield, Inc.

Mission: Downtown Springfield, Inc., a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization formed in 1993, works to preserve, promote and enhance Springfield’s historic central business district. Its mission is to help make downtown Springfield an ideal place to shop, work, visit, invest, and live.

International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 239

A  magicians club local to Springfield Illinos. Both amateur and professional magicians are members.
Anyone who is interested in this ancient art are welcome to visit.

Illinois Central Blues Club

Mission: Supports and encourages all aspects of the blues, including performance and education. Hosts the annual Blues Challenge as well as Blue Monday Jams every Monday night at the Alamo, beginning at 8:30.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra is unique in its diversity and musical ambassadorship, as its members represent the countries of Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Syria, Macedonia, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Taiwan, China, Australia, South America, Canada and America. The majority of our musicians live in the cities of Chicago and St. Louis, as well as in Springfield, Bloomington-Normal, central and southern Illinois and the surrounding states. Many serve on the faculty of prestigious universities and others use the orchestra as a platform from which to launch major orchestral and solo careers. This breadth of musical cultures and personalities brings an invigorating freshness and passion to performances.

Land of Lincoln Chorus

Barbershop four-part a capella harmon performed by Chartered Members of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Chorus rehearsals are open to all men who like to sing.

Liturgical Arts Festival

Mission: The Liturgical Arts Festival of Springfield (LAFS), a non-profit, interfaith organization, was founded in 1995 by clergy, artists and community volunteers interested in expressions of spirituality in the arts. This inter-faith celebration of the arts is presented every two years and has evolved to include a juried liturgical and sacred art exhibit, music celebrations of faith held in local houses of worship, and sharing of religious traditions.

Over the Moon, Inc.

Mission: To pursue excellence in theatre performance for the purpose of inspiring, brining joy to and deppening relationships with audiences.

The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space

The mission of the Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space is to cultivate and celebrate expressions of multidimensional artists. They strive to be a catalyst and forum for advancing, discovering, and connecting through contemporary art. They enrich and educate the community through innovative cultural events.

SAA Collective

Mission:  A division of the Springfield Art Association, a visual arts organization which promotes and supports the advancement of the arts, the SAA Collective in addition serves to provides support for emerging and professional artists.  The Collective exhibits work by local visual artists in all media in the H.D. Smith Gallery in the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 South Sixth Street.

Route 66 Film Festival

Mission: to promote filmmaking and to provide the opportunity to see some of the best independent films from around the world. To bring diversity to the arts in Springfield.

Sangamon Auditorium

Mission: Sangamon Auditorium opened its doors on February 21, 1981, and has since presented more than 1,025 events, ranging from the best in Broadway to dance, classical to jazz, popular headliners to great children’s programming and more.

Located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield, the Auditorium is also the performance home to the Illinois Symphony and the Springfield Ballet Company.

Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony

Mission: To provide quality, diverse, rewarding and challenging musical experiences to its members and to foster their total development by working with other youth of like talent and by active participation in the performance of the finest symphonic masterworks and chamber music of past and contemporary composers

To stimulate an interest in music and musical participation in all young people of all levels and backgrounds

To complement the music programs of their respective schools and communities by providing unique experiences to participating members

Sangamon Watercolor Society

The Sangamon Watercolor Society, founded in 1986, promotes the art and appreciation of watercolor painting, presents opportunities for continuing education and the exhibition of artwork, and offers the enjoyment of associating with fellow watercolor enthusiasts.
Sangamon Watercolor Society members have skills that range from novice to professional. The society sponsors workshops, programs, demonstrations, critiques, exhibits, and enjoyable social activities.

Sound Celebration Chorus

Mission: to promote an awareness of and appreciation for four-part, female barbershop harmony singing.  The Chorus is an affiliate of the Sweet Adelines organization, and in 2016, its members placed third in its class in an international competition held in Las Vegas, NV.

Springfield Art Association

Mission: The Springfield Art Association, a visual arts organization, promotes and supports the advancement of the arts, provides educational opportunities for the greater Springfield area and also preserves the historic Edwards Place House and the collections of the Association. Located at 700 N. 4th Street.

Springfield Ballet Company

Mission: to promote classical dance and ballet in the region through performance and formal education through the SBC academy.

Springfield International Folk Dancers

Mission: to educate Sangamon and surrounding counties through dance and costuming from the cultural heritage of the area. Hosting dance groups and holding workshops/lessons to pass on knowledge and skills and commitment to the mission.

Springfield Jazz Society

Mission: to promote and preserve one of America’s Truly original Art forms – Jazz

Contact: George Michael, President at or 217-414-2955

Springfield Muni Opera

Originally conceived on April 21, 1950 as a not-for-profit theatrical organization, the Springfield Municipal Opera Association transformed a 55-acre wheat field into an outdoor amphitheater.
The Muni continues to produce four shows a season and each summer the Muni audience continues to grow.
For more than 60 years, the Muni entertain thousands of people each summer with the best in musical theatre. The Muni is a unique jewel in Springfield’s landscape, a beautiful site tucked away at the lake that offers families and friends a venue to spend time together, volunteer, perform, direct and enjoy quality entertainment.

Springfield Theatre Center

Mission: Since 1947, the STC has brought our community and the arts together. They strive to provide Central Illinois with quality theatre, educational opportunities, and a creative outlet for live theatrical arts.

The White Rabbit series, PAVE arts camp, and affiliation with the Active & Creative Teen Theatre offer young people an opportunity to learn the skills necessary to build confidence not only in performance, but in all aspects of theatre.

Springfield Youth Performance Group

Founded in 2005, the Springfield Youth Performance Group (SYPG) is committed to nurturing the artistic spirit in each child.  SYPG offers youth ages 7 and up in Central Illinois the chance to explore and enhance their own artistic talents!

Vachel Lindsay Association 

Established in 1946, the Vachel Lindsay Association (VLA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to stimulate interest in the significance of the life, writings, works of art, and ideals of the poet Nicholas Vachel Lindsay. More recently, our mission has been expanded to include assisting whenever possible in the preservation and maintenance of the Vachel Lindsay Home and grounds.