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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


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.

  • Adam R. & Michelle R. Nielsen Ott
  • Adams Outdoor Advertising
  • Alissa Williams
  • Americans for the Arts
  • Amy Whiting-McCoy
  • Arts Alliance Illinois
  • Barbara Waldorf
  • Benevity Community Impact Fund
  • Bernard and Barb Drake
  • Bill & Becky Moore
  • Blick Art Materials
  • Bradley University – Smith Career Center
  • Busey Bank Charitable
  • Caterpillar Foundation
  • Christine Varga-Harris and Glen Harris
  • Christopher & Georgia Glynn
  • City of Peoria
  • Community Foundation of Central Illinois
  • Connie Iglesias
  • Corn Stock Theatre
  • Craig Stocks
  • Cynthia Merrill
  • David Vernon
  • Dawn Maloney
  • Dean Hefta
  • Discover Peoria
  • Doug and Eileen Leunig
  • Drew Velde Gay
  • EPIC
  • Eric Gordon
  • Ev & Sue Freeberg
  • Farnsworth Group, Inc. Engineers & Architects
  • Fisher Stolz
  • Frannie Heine
  • Glenn Zipp
  • Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
  • Hannah Pavlisin
  • Helene Petersen
  • Hiral Hudson
  • Hunter Vaughn
  • Illinois Arts Council Agency
  • Illinois Small Business Development Center
  • Iron Front LLC
  • J Derel Monteith Jr
  • Jay Babin
  • Jeff Heintzman
  • Jennie Hawkey
  • Jennifer Jacobson-Wood
  • Joe and Michele Richey
  • John Heintzman
  • Kagan Masters
  • Karlo Sy Su
  • Kelleen Nitsch
  • Kevin Tyrrell
  • Kip & Ann Strasma
  • Kottemann Family
  • Kristan McKinsey
  • Lara Kline
  • Lawrence Haptas
  • Lidia Riley
  • Linda VonBehren
  • Lisa Chasteen
  • Local Arts Network Council
  • Lynette and Joel Steger
  • Brandon & Sarah Mooberry
  • Maralyn Owen
  • Mark Nickerson
  • Martha Woelfle
  • Mary Jo Papich
  • Mary S. Grawey
  • Maui Jim Inc.
  • McLean County Arts Council
  • Megan Yockey Pedigo
  • Morgan Stanley Foundation
  • Nancy Wiles
  • Pam & Perry Johnson
  • Paradice Hotel & Casino
  • Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Peoria Magazines
  • Peoria Riverfront Museum
  • Peoria Women’s Club
  • Per Ellingson
  • Prairie Center of the Arts
  • River City Labs
  • Ross Miller
  • Sandy Stemler
  • Sarah Coulter
  • Scott Mitchell
  • SCORE Peoria
  • Sharon A Giannetto
  • Steven Marx
  • Studios on Sheridan
  • The Peoria Art Guild
  • Tom Boylan
  • Tracey Greenwood
  • UnityPoint Health
  • WCBU 89.9 Peoria Public Radio
  • York Phillips

This list reflects information from the 2019-2020 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.