Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Art Works Meeting on 1/31/10

ArtsPartners and ciCreative are having a follow up meeting to NEA Chair, Rocco Landesman's visit to Peoria, and his call for arts advocates in the area to become more unified. It would be great if those interested in the artist relocation idea were present and brought that to the discussion as well. Here's a note on the meeting that Doug Leunig wrote:
Art Works Meeting

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The One State Together in the Arts Conference

The One State Together in the Arts Conference is rapidly approaching and we invite each and every one of you to take part in this one of a kind experience at the Hotel Pere Marquette on June 1 and 2. 


Developing Downtown as a Key Economic Driver

Be a part of the change you wish to see in your community. Learn firsthand about the joys and challenges of developing a vision and strategy for revitalizing downtown through the arts, and hear from experienced developers and city officials how to navigate the ins and outs of transforming a downtown area into a thriving neighborhood for the arts and business.


Pat Sullivan
, Local Developer and Business Owner
Craig Hullinger, City of Peoria
Jim Richerson, Lakeview Museum

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Welcome to our newest Artist Gallery.  Artist Jonathan Romain is opening a new gallery on Sheridan Road just north of Nebraska.

Learn more about Jonathan at his web site at:

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Toraasonglass is a great glass blowing studio in the Heart of Peoria. 

Check them out at:

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.