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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


Dr. Mae Gilliland Wright

Executive Director


Selena Pappas

Community Engagement Coordinator

Officers and Board Members

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.

A Special Thanks to Our Donors

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
  [email protected]
  (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.

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