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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

Executive Director


Kenney Delaney

Program & Administrative Specialist

Officers and Board Members


Mary Jo Papich, President

The Jazz Education Network


Glen Harris, Vice President

Global Program Manager | Caterpillar Foundation


Pam Johnson, Treasurer

Chief Financial Officer | Heights Finance


Hiral Hudson, Secretary

Financial Advisor | Morgan Stanley Wealth Management


Jay Babin

River City Labs; Caterpillar


Erin Buczynski

Director of Galleries | Bradley University


Frannie Heine

Director of Domestic Fulfillment & Global Logistics | Maui Jim


Alexander Martin

Outreach and Marketing Coordinator | Central Illinois Friends


Kristan H. McKinsey

Director | Illinois Women Artists Project


Michelle Nielsen Ott

Director of Library Services | Methodist College


Megan Pedigo

Director of Marketing | Easterseals of Central IL


Stacy L. Peterson

Strategic Communications Manager | City of Peoria


Fadi Rustom

Attorney | Hall, Rustom, & Fritz


Joe Spanier

River City Labs


Lynette Woelfle Steger

Student Advisor | Methodist College


Nicole Sutherland

Marketing Manager | Cullinan Properties

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 10AM to 3PM
456 Fulton St.
Suite 300
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.