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


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.


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

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
Local Artist

Steve Fairbanks
Owner, Guitar Picker

Drew Faries

Glen Harris
Caterpillar Foundation

Kristan McKinsey
Illinois Women Artists Project

Mary Jo Papich
The Jazz Education Network

Nicole Sutherland
Cullinan Properties

Stacy Peterson
City of Peoria

John Bathke
Attorney at Law

Tracey Cornish
The School House

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.


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
  • Northerly
  • 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

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.