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The Springfield Art Commission was created by the Springfield City Council to promote the arts in Springfield.







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Now accepting Heritage Arts Grant applications!

Detailed information about the Heritage Art Grant

Application form (complete this form in addition to the application materials requested in the detailed information above. Email submissions are strongly preferred.)

 2017 Heritage Arts Grant recipient: Cesar Chavez Celebration
for their Youth Art Contest

Springfield Public Art Self-Guided Tour Brochure


The Commission accomplishes their work through
an active, nine-member volunteer citizen board, a modest annual budget, and part-time staff support.


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About the Arts Commission

The Arts Commission provides opportunities for artistic creation, exhibits, performances, events, and promotes cooperation among local organizations to make art accessible. Commissioners volunteer for subcommittees in these main areas: the City Hall Gallery, Heritage Arts Grants, Marketing, Outreach, Public Art, and the Downtown Springfield Second Friday Art Walk (coordinated by the Emerald Art Center).

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Sky is Falling Painting

Paintings on Exhibit in the City Hall Gallery

Some history:

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.







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