Our Mission

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. 

Our Staff

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Jenn Gordon

Executive Director

Jenn Gordon joined ArtsPartners as Executive Director in April of 2015. Previously she served as Manager for Concert and Artist Activities for North and South America for Steinway & Sons – New York. She is a Peoria native and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Illinois where she earned a Bachelors in Music – Violin Performance. She grew up participating in lots of local theatre and music in Central Illinois and is thrilled to be back to raise her family and advocate for the arts in her home town.

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Kenney Delaney

Administrative Assistant

Kenney came on board at ArtsPartners as the Administrative Assistant in September of 2015. Hailing from Southern California, Kenney is a huge theatre enthusiast who attended Cal State Fullerton and worked as an Entertainment Costumer for the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim before transferring to Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. He holds a Bachelor of Science with concentrations in Theatre, Youth Ministry, and Family and Consumer Science. Prior to working with ArtsPartners he has worked with several churches and non-profits in different capacities from Facilities Management to Graphic Designing. Kenney is ecstatic to be working with ArtsPartners to help empower the arts in the Peoria area.

Officers and Board Members

Kristan McKinsey, President
Illinois Women Artists Project

Dr. Maegan Gilliland Wright, Vice President
National Railroad Hall of Fame

Pam Johnson, Treasurer
Heights Financial

Nicole Sutherland, Secretary
Cullinan Properties

Ann Strasma, Past President
Caterpillar

Steve Fairbanks
Owner, Guitar Picker

Drew Faries
RSM US LLP

Glen Harris
Caterpillar Foundation

Stephen Peterson
Heart of Illinois United Way

Mary Jo Papich
The Jazz Education Network

Kelly Donnelly
Peoria Chamber of Commerce

Stacy Peterson
City of Peoria

John Bathke
Attorney at Law

Trish Williams
Local Artist

Michelle Nielsen Ott
Methodist College

Our Partners

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.

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Additionally, ArtsPartners is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

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Additional Thanks to All Our Partners

These partners help us execute our mission through their time, energy, support, resources, in-kind services, and donations.

  • Adam & Michelle Nielsen Ott
  • Adams OutDoor
  • ArtPop Street Gallery
  • Americans for the Arts
  • Arts Alliance Illinois
  • Barbara Waldorf
  • Bernard & Barbara Drake
  • Born Paint Co.
  • Bradley University
  • Carol Rennick Quell
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Cathy & Stan Butler
  • CEFCU
  • Christopher & Georgia Glynn
  • Commerce Bancshares Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Central Illinois
  • Deborah &Thomas Garrison
  • Dennis Slape
  • Drew Velde Gay
  • Doug and Eileen Leunig
  • Duffy Farrell
  • Ev & Sue Freeberg
  • Farnsworth Group, Inc.
  • Gerald & Pam Shaheen
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago
  • Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
  • Hanson Professional Services
  • Heartland Community Banks
  • Heart of Illinois United Way
  • Illinois Arts Council
  • IPAVA State Bank
  • Iron Front LLC
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Janet Keturi
  • Jeffrey & Colleen Karn
  • Jim & Ede Kidder
  • Joe & Michelle Richey
  • John & Sharon Amdall
  • Kathy Bush-Wuthrich & Bill Wuthrich
  • Kip and Ann Strasma
  • Lettering Works
  • Linda Moore
  • Lynette & Joel Steger
  • The Maxam Building
  • Muir Omni Graphics
  • Pamela & Robert Tomka
  • Par-a-dice Hotel & Casino
  • Pat Barton
  • Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Peoria Brick
  • Peoria Flag & Decorating
  • Peoria Magazines
  • Peoria Public Library
  • Peoria Riverfront Association
  • Peoria Riverfront Museum
  • PNC Foundation
  • Purpose Driven Art
  • Ransburg Foundation
  • Rick & Tracy Fox
  • Rob Smith
  • Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust
  • Sandy Stemler
  • Savant
  • Sherman’s
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Chapter #31
  • South Side Bank
  • Stephen R. & Janice M. Brown
  • Studios on Sheridan
  • Thomas & Debbie Ritschel
  • Tribute Gift in Honor of Keith Cotton – Emily Ropp
  • The Underground School of Sound
  • UnityPoint Health
  • The Warehouse District Association
  • The Waterhouse
  • Wayne Printing
  • WCBU 89.9 Peoria Public Radio
  • WTVP 47

This list reflects information from the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year.

 

Our Publications

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.