The Springfield Area Arts Council (SAAC) announced April 20 the return of a biennial art exhibit that encourages workers to showcase their creativity. Participating businesses, government agencies, educational and medical entities will encourage their employees to showcase their artwork. "On My Own Time 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 through artistic endeavors after hours," said program coordinator Rosemary Buffington in a news release. The program reveals "hidden talent" and "it is good for the community to know that so much artistic ability resides here," said Sheila Walk, SAAC executive director, in the release. Artists can submit drawings, paintings, fiber and needlework, photography, pottery and other forms of media. The deadline for organizations to sign up for participation is May 14. Exhibits and judging happen in October. For more info about participating, call or email the SAAC at 217-753-3519 or

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