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History and Charge
The Springfield Arts Commission promotes the arts and culture of Springfield. The Commission provides opportunities for artistic creation, exhibits, performances, events, and promotes cooperation among local organizations to make art accessible. The Commission seeks to educate the community about the role the arts play in enhancing the quality of community life.
Sky is Falling PaintingPaintings on Exhibit in the City Hall Gallery
Performance from Annual Children's Puppet Workshop     Performance at Annual Children's Puppet Workshop


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.

#Outdoor Flute Concert                                                     Riverside Flute Concert

Presently, the Commission oversees the City Hall Gallery exhibitions, Art Alley, Heritage Arts Grants, Youth Art Events, the Puppet Festival, and numerous other art activities and programs.


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The Commission accomplishes all this with an active, nine-member volunteer citizen board, a modest annual budget, and part-time staff support.  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.

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