Thursday, December 11, 2008

Meeting Notes

Artist Relocation Program Meeting
Wednesday 10 December 2008
Economic Development - Fire Station 1 505 NE Monroe St

Sculpture Walk Program - Sioux Falls - Possible program for Peoria

The committee discussed the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sculpture Walk Program with Jim Clark <> 605 366 1265.  He helped initiate and develop on this program, and he is beginning a consulting program to try to expand the program. Jim would work with the volunteers to help them establish and run the program.

the program was largely created and staffed by volunteers.  The City did provide the mounting blocks.  Volunteers located sponsors, and raised funds by selling sculptures.  The program brings lots of people into downtown Sioux Falls.

This is a very nice program where sculptors submit their work to the City. The City works with the sculptors to temporarily set the sculptures on the sidewalk in downtown. People come to see the sculptures. People can purchase the sculptures, and can also vote for their favorite sculpture, which the City then purchases and display permanently.

Michelle and Joe Richey and Craig Hullinger have visited the Sioux Falls Sculpture Walk, and it is a very nice asset and attraction to their the City. It might be a very good fit for us.

Clark noted that they are in their 6th year. They have decided to develop Alliance Partnerships (franchises) in selected progressive communities in different parts of the country. Peoria is one of those communities. They would help establish a Sculpture Walk type program for Peoria.

More info on the Sculpture Walk below


more City of Peoria info at:

Friday, December 5, 2008


The City of Peoria, the State of Illinois, the Federal Government, and private agencies have numerous programs to help people buy their first home. A low and moderate income person or family could be eligible for down payment assistance of up to $20,000, a Federal tax credit of $7,500, a low interest loan, and up to $20,000 to help rehabilitate a home. A person of any income level can get the Federal Tax Credit.

Income Limits 2008 for Rehab Program – Some programs have different limits

1 person - $35,550; 2 - $40,550, 3 - $45,650, 4 - $50,700, 5 - $54,750, 6 - $58,800

For assistance with City of Peoria down payment assistance and residential rehabilitation programs, contact Neighborhood Development, Twin Towers, Room 402, 494-8656.

For Mortgages, IDHA Trust, and FHLB Grants, call Karen Scott at Busey Bank 309 683 2305.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

From: Jacob Grant <>

Date: Thu, Dec 4, 2008

Subject: Artist Gift Show And Sale-Peoria Art Guild

Hello Everyone!

I will be participating in the Peoria Art Guild's Artist Gift Show and Sale this Saturday (December 6th). There will be several other artists there, besides myself. Most gifts sold at this show by the participating artists are under $50.
For information on The Peoria Art Guild, or this event, visit:

Please come support the arts by doing some of your Christmas shopping here!

Tell all your friends. Feel free to forward this to anyone you know. I hope to see you there!

Jacob Grant

P.S. With the economy on the brinks these days, one of the great things about shopping from local artists is you are supporting the local economy!