Springfield Area Arts Council

Join to Ensure a Vibrant Cultural Community

Membership is vital to the Springfield Area Arts Council and to the services and programming it provides our community.

Together we can

  • Continue to employ over 500 local artists a year
  • Deliver arts programming to over 5,000 elementary students in Sangamon and Menard counties through the Penny Wollan-Kriel Arts in Education program
  • Bring quality performances to the Springfield area by hosting events such as First Night Springfield–Illinois’ longest running New Year’s Eve celebration, Uptown Friday Night–the region’s best jazz at Robbie’s Restaurant, and Artist on the Plaza–our summer lunchtime performance series
  • Support Sangamon and Menard county Arts Organizations through grants that help with programming and operating expenses
  • Provide opportunities to local residents to showcase their creativity through The Mayor’s Arts Awards and On My Own Time exhibits
  • Encourage high school students to compete in the Poetry Out Loud regional and state contests

Whatever membership level you choose, you will be making a positive impact on the arts in our community – as an Ally, Advocate, Aristocrat, Ambassador, or member of the exclusive Artist’s Circle. Monthly sustained membership also is an option.

Membership Levels

Ally $30-99

Receive Accolades for the Arts, SAAC’s quarterly newsletter
Name listed on SAAC website (optional)
Name listed in fall newsletter (optional)
Invitation to SAAC annual meeting

Advocate $100-299

All the benefits of Ally membership, plus:
One free ticket to SAAC Adult Prom
One free ticket to SAAC First Night® Springfield

Aristocrat $300-499

All the benefits of Ally membership, plus:
Two free tickets to SAAC Adult Prom
Two free tickets to SAAC First Night® Springfield

Ambassador $500-999

All the benefits of Ally membership, plus:
Four free tickets to SAAC Adult Prom
Four free tickets to SAAC First Night® Springfield

Artist’s Circle $1000+

All the benefits of Ally membership, plus:
Ten free tickets to SAAC Adult Prom
Ten free tickets to SAAC First Night® Springfield
Circle member at Adult Prom and First Night® Springfield activities (optional)
Name listed as an exclusive Artist’s Circle member (optional)
Invitation to be a community representative at select board or grant panel meetings

Thank You To Our Members

(alphabetical by last name)


Tom Ala
Deborah and Harry Berman
Blanca and Mick Bernasek
Diane and Scottie Bevill
Melissa Block
Sarah Buening
Caroline Cavalier
Stacey Chavours
Théa Chesley
Melissa Clarke
Neil and Joyce Conklen
Bill Cornett
Esteban Cruz
Dennis Darling
Nancy Wright Diefenback
Linda and Lanie Eagleton
Don Ecklund
Barbara Ferrara
Joan Gardner
Charles Gramlich
Sandy Griffin
Julie Hulvey
Jim Allan Huston
Jacqueline Jackson
Jerome Jacobson
Jerry Josserand
Martha Kichinko
Peter & Ivan Levin
Kathryn Long
Kathy and James Loux
Meredith Mahoney
Mark and Barbara Mathewson
Paul O’Shea
Kola Olatunde
Ann & Gil Opferman
Phyllis Pence
Janis Piland
Polly Poskin
Kathleen Sass
Chris Scanlon
Kim Schwanke
Sound Celebration Chorus
Francie Staggs
Melvin & Jeanne Taff
Cathy Tapscott
Robin Timm
Thomas M. Vaught
Roberta Volkmann
Bob and Anita Walbaum
Lynn Whalen
Karen and Randy Witter
Hope Wright


Mary Beaumont
Christine and Steve Bedford
Sandra Bellatti
Erin and Donald Biggerstaff
Elaine Birtch
Norma Brantley
Rod Buffington
Anne and Ray Capestrain
Phyllis and Richard Cheaney
Citizens for Jim Langfelder
Cassandra Claman
Gary and Karen Davis
Laura Drennan
Randy Eccles
William and Barbara Engel
Phyllis and George Fairchild
Philip Funkenbusch
Patricia and Luke Gleason
Steve and Jeannette Hassebrock
Sharon Hayes
Bernard and Barbara Killian
Alfred and Melinda LaBarre
Jill Leka
Michael and Linda Luepke
Joe and Lynn McMenamin
Vaughn Morrison
Ralph Piper Jr.
Wanda Riseman
Troy and Heather Roark
R. C. Seidl
Warren and Gabriella Shufeldt
Nancy Simpson
Lisa and Stephen Stone
Eileen Straeter
Kim Villaneuva
Don and Barbara Walker


BJ Grand Salons, Inc.
Irene and Steve Boyer
John Dale and Ronee C. Kennedy
Mark and Cheryl Pence
Penny Wollan-Kriel


Bill and Julie Kellner
Craig Russo
David Steward

Artist’s Circle

Mrs. Walter F. Brissenden
David and Laurie Farrell

We appreciate your support – past, present, and future!