Donate to the SAA!
Your gift to the Springfield Art Association enables us to provide superb art education in multiple medias for all ages with all abilities. It provides creative and imaginative opportunities for exploration in an encouraging and inspiring environment.
We would be pleased to arrange for you to visit our campus, or to introduce you to a student who has benefited from the generosity of donors like you. For more information and to arrange an appointment, please contact our Development Coordinator, Mary Beth Burke, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are donating in memory of a loved one, at checkout you may indicate your designation in the "special instructions to the seller" link in PayPal or call us at 523-2631. Thank you.
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Help us save our past and build a better future!
In 2012 as part of our centennial celebration, the SAA began laying the groundwork for a plan to prepare the association for its next one hundred years. Over the course of evaluating critical needs, we outlined basic objectives towards our goal of being the best Community Visual Arts Center in central Illinois:
- Fulfill the interior restoration plan created for historic Edwards Place. ✓
- Renovate our exhibition gallery. ✓
- Build a new ceramics, glass making, and jewelry/metals lab. In Progress!
- Renovate and upgrade our existing studios. ✓
Edwards Place is restored to its mid-19th century grandeur and the existing Condell Studio ceiling and lights have been upgraded. The exhibition gallery was renovated beautifully and reopened as the M.G. Nelson Gallery. We have successfully raised the funds that started the construction of our new studios for ceramics, metals (Smith and Nickelson Metals Lab), and glass making (Baima Glass Studio) in March 2018. We estimate that $280,000 in fundraising remains. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for January 5, 2019 with classes in ceramics and metals starting the week of January 7, 2019. Glass blowing classes are anticipated to become available in late summer 2019.
In expanding the space, we will be able to provide more programming for the community including art as therapy for rehabilitation students, adults and children with different abilities, and at-risk students. We will be able to offer more summer youth programs to replace/supplement art classes reduced by budget restrictions and curriculum focus shifts. With the upgrade to our studios, we will be able to attract artists from across the nation to offer artist-in-residence workshops and unique programming opportunities.
There are exciting things happening at the SAA; we have evolved, transformed, and grown offering an expanded view of artistic expression and exploration. We have made it our mission to be an association open to everyone, to provide artists a space for free expression and experimentation, to exhibit alternative forms of art, and to initiate open, creative and imaginative education and discussion. We believe this is vital and essential for a high-quality, innovative Community Visual Arts Center. We are only limited by space.
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