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Central Illinois’ premier arts and makers fest returns to the Peoria Civic Center on August 10, 2024! Registration for vendors will open on April 1, 2024. Stay tuned for more details.

Mark your calendars and join us for the return of Ignite Peoria 2024!

2023 Workshops

10:00am- 12:00pm

First Tech Challenge Workshops:

First Tech Challenge basics, mechanical design, and basic programming.

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Musical Theatre for Kids

Ever thought about being on stage in a community musical production but are not sure what to expect? Here’s your chance to get experience and lots of advice from area directors. Learn a short song, dance, and what directors are looking for when you go to an audition. It’s all fun and no stress at this Nitsch Theatre Arts sponsored workshop. Ages 5-21.

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Indie-Author Writing Seminar

Bring all your writing-related questions. Rey Clark & Trever Bierschbach will dive into writing 101. Learn how to craft compelling characters and create an interesting plotline. Get some insight into what happens after you finish writing. Talk one on one about editing and publishing.

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Let’s design a game!

Hands-on game creation with ISTEAM Studios for students ages 6 and up.


First Tech Challenge Workshops:

Portfolio, Judging, and Outreach, 3D Modeling, and Road Runner Programming.

2023 Performance Schedule

9:00am - 9:30am

JoJo’s Music Studio

9:30am - 10:00am

Artists ReEnvisioning Tomorrow Inc.


10:00am - 10:30am

Corn Stock Theatre

10:30am - 11:15am

Nitsch Theatre Arts Rising Stars and Singapella

11:15am - 11:45am

Nitsch Theatre Arts Stage Kids Performances from Finding Nemo Jr. & Stage Teens Performances from Mean Girls – High School Edition

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Eastlight Theatre

12:30pm - 1:00pm

Peoria Players

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Peoria Ballet

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Filipino American Society of Central Illinois

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Central Illinois Ballet

2:30pm - 3:00pm

John Wahl

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Mythili Dance Academy

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Heartland Festival Orchestra


Peoria Magician’s Assembly

Exhibitors and Performers

Nitsch Theatre Arts

Big Picture Peoria
Amanda’s Arts
Artistic Community Theater in Pekin
Peoria Ballet
Filipino-American Society of Central Illinois (FASCI)
Peoria Area Civic Chorale
Youth Music Illinois
Corn Stock Theatre
Heartland Festival Orchestra
Central Illinois Ballet
Peoria Magicians Assembly
The Art of Mitchell Blumenshine
Peoria Art Guild
Craftsy Ashley
Kiley Beecher Creative
Henna Art – By Poonam Patel
Art with Kyla
Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum
Creative Soul
Creekside Studio
My Writing Shed
Films of the Heartland (Filmmakers William Jacobs & Wes Brooks)
Kristina Bohan
Peoria Area Libraries
22 VA. 22 Veteran Artists
Jeremiah Lambert Art
Embers Comix
Jeremy Berkley
Mystic Tomes & Treasures
Zac Atkinson
John Anthony Rodriguez
Joe The Art Guy
Choose Greater Peoria
Harmonize Peoria
Fulton County Arts
Ann Pastucha
Hopewell Weaving
Lily Scalf
American Sewing Guild
Artful Things of Central Illinois
Jolean Laming
Wheel Art Pottery Studios
Fine Arts Society of Peoria
Peoria Symphony Orchestra
Kagan Masters
WCBU, Peoria Public Radio
Roy Hershey
Connors Gallery – Connor J McManis
Chronic Crafter
Kley Beecher Creative
Studio 606
Artists ReEnvisioning Tomorrow Inc
V’s Vision


Tieflings Workshop
Distillery Labs
501st Legion, Star Wars Costume Club
Lux Blox
Wheels O’ Time Museum
Code Ninjas
Central IL Ghostbusters
Hooked On Fishing Park
ASM Peoria Chapter
RCL Forge
River City Labs
Robot Casserole FRC Team 1736
Illinois Multirotor
FIRST Tech Challange / Robotics / Team HOW

Sensory Ignite

The Arc of IL
Camp Big Sky
Illinois School for the Visually Impaired
Summit Family Therapy, PLLC
Way to Grow Pediatric Therapy
Harp Serenity
Paws Giving Independence
Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Rehabilitation Services
Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association
Human Rights Authority, Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission
Child and Family Connections #14
Dash ABA
OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois Pediatric Rehabilitation
The Autism Collective
The Penguin Project
Pretendly: Neurodiverse Kid Art
Blue Ridge Community Farm
Picket Fence Foundation
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