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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

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

Kenney Delaney

Program & Administrative Specialist

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

Glen Harris, Vice President
Caterpillar Foundation

Pam Johnson, Treasurer
Heights Financial

Hiral Hudson, Secretary
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Jay Babin
River City Labs; Caterpillar

Erin Buczynski
Bradley University

Kelly Donnelly
Bradley University

Frannie Heine
Maui Jim

Michelle Nielsen Ott
Methodist College

Mary Jo Papich
The Jazz Education Network

Megan Pedigo
Easterseals of Central IL

Stacy Peterson
City of Peoria

Fadi Rustom
Hall, Rustom, & Fritz

Joe Spanier
River City Labs

Lynette Steger
Heartis Village

Nicole Sutherland
Cullinan Properties

Dr. Maegan Gilliland Wright
Peoria Symphony Orchestra

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 Agency and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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 Advertising
  • Samer Aldroubi
  • Americans for the Arts
  • Arts Alliance Illinois
  • ArtPop Street Gallery
  • ASM International – Peoria Chapter
  • Jay Babin
  • Sidney Banwart
  • Flo Banwart
  • Tom Boylan
  • Bradley University
  • Stephen R. Brown
  • Janice M. Brown
  • Cathy Butler
  • Stan Butler
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Bill Cirone
  • Paula Cirone
  • Community Foundation of Central Illinois
  • Bill Cook
  • Cherie Cook
  • David Cox
  • Bob Drake
  • Dotty Drake
  • Kevin Evans
  • Facet Technologies, Inc.
  • Farnsworth Group, Inc. Engineers & Architects
  • Pam Ferguson
  • Rick Fox
  • Tracy Fox
  • Ev Freeberg
  • Sue Freeberg
  • Dr. Deobrah R. Garrison
  • Mr. J. Thomas Garrison
  • Christopher Glynn
  • Georgia Glynn
  • Eric Gordon
  • Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
  • Hanson Professional Services
  • Christine Varga- Harris
  • Glenn Harris
  • Jennie Hawkey
  • Shivangini Hazari
  • Jeff Heintzman
  • John Heintzman
  • J Scott Hinkley
  • Mr. Matt Hohulin
  • Mrs. Julie Hohulin
  • Illinois Arts Council Agency
  • Jeanette M. Kosier
  • Doug Leunig
  • Eileen Leunig
  • Pat Ludewig
  • Howard Ludewig
  • Steven Marx
  • Mechanical Rubber & Supply Co., Inc.
  • Ross Miller
  • Drew Milliken
  • Anna Milliken
  • Brandon Mooberry
  • Sarah Marie Mooberry
  • Morton Community Bank
  • Kelleen Nitsch
  • Par-a-dice Hotel & Casino
  • Roberta Parks
  • PEO Sisterhood Chapter GS
  • Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Peoria Art Guild
  • Peoria Brick
  • Peoria Civic Center
  • Peoria Flag & Decorating
  • Peoria Magazines
  • Peoria Public Library
  • Peoria Riverfront Association
  • Peoria Riverfront Museum
  • York Phillips
  • Mary Rous
  • Fadi Rustom
  • Jamie Sabo
  • Elijah Sansom
  • Savant
  • Sherman’s
  • Keri Shimmel
  • Joe Spainer
  • Lynette Steger
  • Joel Steger
  • Craig Stocks
  • Fisher Stolz
  • Kip Strasma
  • Ann Strasma
  • Studios on Sheridan
  • Karen Stumpe
  • Kim Tegg
  • Pamela Tomka
  • Robert Tomka
  • Tri-City Machine Products, Inc
  • Dave Vernon
  • Linda VonBehren
  • Barbara Waldorf
  • Jaci Willis
  • WCBU
  • WTVP
  • Glenn Zipp
  • Julie Zipp

This list reflects information from the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year.


Contact Us

Have a question, comment, or interest in seeing the arts grow in Central Illinois? Get in touch anytime.

Visit us M-F 9AM to 3PM
820 SW Adams St.
Peoria, IL 61602
  (309) 676-2787
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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.