Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt, non-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts for the economic and cultural enrichment of Central Illinois.
Our vision is to be the one-stop source for arts information in Central Illinois; and to facilitate partnerships and programs that empower and raise awareness for the arts. We work to accomplish our mission by…
Engaging the Community with the Arts
We facilitate partnerships, initiatives and programs that encourage and expand opportunities for public participation in the arts. Additionally, we coordinate information and resources on behalf of local arts organizations to help keep the arts on the community agenda.
Supporting the Arts
We promote the arts through community-wide marketing activities aimed at developing new audiences and patrons for the arts in central Illinois. Additionally, we champion professional development and networking opportunities to strengthen our greater arts community.
Officers and Board Members
Ann Strasma, President
Dr. Maegan Gilliland Wright, Vice President
National Railroad Hall of Fame
Drew Gay, Treasurer
Gordon, Stockman & Waugh
Stephen Peterson, Secretary
Heart of Illinois United Way
Barb Waldorf, Past President
Owner, Guitar Picker
RSM US LLP
Illinois Women Artists Project
Mary Jo Papich
The Jazz Education Network
City of Peoria
Attorney at Law
The School House
Thank you to our funders! The Peoria Civic Center Authority and City of Peoria have committed a portion of collected restaurant tax to ArtsPartners as an economic investment, recognizing that a rich cultural environment is an economic benefit to the entire Peoria area.
Additionally, ArtsPartners is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
Additional Thanks to All Our Partners
These partners help us execute our mission through their time, energy, support, resources, in-kind services, and donations.
- Adams OutDoor
- ArtPop Street Gallery
- Americans for the Arts
- Arts Alliance Illinois
- Bradley University – Turner Center for Entrepreneurship
- Dennis Slape
- Gordon, Stockman, & Waugh
- Heartland Community Banks
- Illinois Arts Council
- Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Program Donors & Sponsors, Volunteers*
- Peoria Magazines
- Peoria Public Library
- Peoria Riverfront Association
- Peoria Riverfront Museum
- Studios on Sheridan
- The Waterhouse
- WCBU 89.9 Peoria Public Radio
- WTVP 47
- Jim Lewellyn
- Doug and Eileen Leunig
- Kip and Ann Strasma
This list reflects information from the 2015 2016 Fiscal Year.
*To see a list of Sculpture Walk Peoria Partners, Sponsors, Donors, and Volunteers, please visit: www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org
Over the years, ArtsPartners has produced the following informational arts resources that highlight public art and local artists, and arts and the economy. Hard copies can be requested in person at the ArtsPartners office. Additionally, digital downloads are available below.