The Springfield Area Arts Council has announced a new chapter in its On My Own Time program in 2023. To mark the 25th anniversary of this biennial visual arts program and to clarify its purpose, the Arts Council is renaming it Art After Hours. The program gives employees of participating businesses, government agencies and medical and educational institutions an opportunity to showcase their creativity and accomplishments through artwork completed outside working hours.
According to program coordinator Rosemary Buffington, Art After Hours is one of the best ways to bring employees together. They learn that those they work with daily also are creative on their own time with artistic endeavors after hours."
Sheila Walk, Arts Council executive director, adds, It is good for both employers and employees because it reveals so much hidden talent. And it is good for the community to know that so much artistic ability resides here.
Eligible artwork for Art After Hours includes paintings and drawings, fiber and needlework, pottery, photography, jewelry, glass, metal, wood, fiber and paper.
Organizations need to commit to participate by July 28. Each participating organization hosts a Workplace Exhibit opening in November.
Based on a city-wide standard, artwork from each Workplace Exhibit will be judged by a panel of specialists with awards for first, second or third place. First place-winning artwork then will be displayed in the Citywide Exhibit to be held Dec. 2-20 at the M. G. Nelson Family Gallery at 700 N. Fourth St. in Springfield.
Arts Council volunteers Rod and Rosemary Buffington coordinate the Art After Hours program. For further information about participating in this program, please call or email the Springfield Area Arts Council at 217-753-3519 or [email protected].