Betsy Dollar

springfieldart.org / prairieart.org

Two of Springfield's most prominent arts groups will be merging come January 1st. 

In an effort to make funding more sustainable, the Prairie Art Alliance and the Springfield Art Association will be combining. Both sides voted on the change nearly unanimously on Wednesday. Betsy Dollar heads the Springfield Art Association and says the PAA will be joining forces with it and its campus on the north side of town. 

The Springfield Art Association, located in the Enos Park neighborhood, turns a century old this year, and is using the milestone to publicly outline plans for updates and renovations. The organization, which boasts an art gallery, learning and teaching center, and Edwards Place - a historic home once visited by the Lincolns, is marking its century anniversary this year.