Springfield Arts Commission
About the Springfield Arts Commission
The Springfield Arts Commission was established by the City Council in 1986 at the end of the Centennial Celebration. The Council charged the Commission to encourage the community’s emerging arts groups, and with the creation of the Art Alley, a series of outdoor murals in the downtown neighborhood.
The first Art Alley mural was a small one at 122 Fifth Street, titled It Ain’t Why, it Just Is, painted by artist Alan Cox in 1988. The second mural, at 130 5th Street, titled Bob the Dog Visits the Old Growth, was painted by John R. Swenson in 1989. Each artist was paid $50 and used materials provided by the Commission.
The Commission accomplishes their work through an active, nine-member volunteer citizen board, a modest annual budget, and part-time staff support.
2021 Regular Meetings
2021 Subcommittee Meetings
Heritage Arts Grant
The Springfield Arts Commission’s annual Heritage Arts Grant Program makes funds available to groups involved in the cultural life of the city. The goal of these grants is to encourage community-based public programs, such as, but not limited to concerts, theater, visual art, dance, or literature. The grant program is funded by City of Springfield room taxes and is administered by the Springfield Arts Commission (SAC). Applications open March 15, 2021.
Heritage Arts Grants Information Session
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 6-7pm
Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/93723361759?pwd=cUxwWHpYNTV3elVhS3dSd0dETks2Zz09
Springfield Arts Commissioners
Chair: Kayla Ackerman-Lindfors
Vice Chair: Joshua Melte
Secretary: Summer Young-Jelinek
City Staff Liaison: Amy Orre,
City Councilor Liaison, Ward 3, Leonard Stoehr
Contact Arts Commission Liaison Amy Orre at firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-726-2246.