Arts and Culture

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

This week on Out and About, Preston Jackson and William Butler join Jenn Gordon to talk about their joint exhibit, Walking the Line, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first art exhibition in the gallery. Preston Jackson is the founder of the Contemporary Art Center, and William Butler serves as the Executive Director.

Peoria Riverfront Museum

Internationally renowned wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen gave a retrospective of his work and life experiences Thursday night as part of a virtual lecture presented by the Peoria Riverfront Museum and Wildlife Prairie Park.

On this week’s episode of Out and About, George Stelluto and Mae Gilliland Wright join Jenn Gordon to talk about the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s shrewdly innovative approach to moving forward with their 123rd Season which includes access to concerts through an expanding partnership with WTVP. Learn more at Peoria Symphony Orchestra.

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A 97-year-old silent film once thought lost forever was recently rediscovered amidst a collection of old film reels donated by a Peoria man to the Chicago Film Archives.

Arts Partners

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Jenn Gordon talks with John and Jeff Heintzman about the 9 new sculptures featured along Washington Street. The Walk is open year round and offers art inspired by music, math, nature an more. In lieu of public tours, John Heintzman narrates a video tours providing an in depth look at the artists and art featured on this year’s Sculpture Walk Peoria. For more information or to take the video tours visit Sculpture Walk Peoria.

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It's clear Peorians have strong opinions on the Columbus statue in upper Laura Bradley Park after the park district listened to more than 90 minutes of public comments at a forum on the monument's future on Wednesday.

Peoria Riverfront Museum

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Bill Conger joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about the current exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Ken Hoffman: 50 Years in Peoria. Hoffman arrived in Peoria in 1969, accepting the position of professor of painting at Bradley University. Beginning with a mural work painted in 1970, this exhibition explores the 50-year artistic journey which has realized these humorous, unmistakable, and often very large-scale paintings of animals in suits.

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This is the second of two stories exploring how the Peoria Riverfront Museum has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. For more stories about the effect of COVID-19 on museums, please visit the Prairie State Museums Project at PrairieStateMuseumsProject.org.

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The man behind the large African animal sculptures placed around Peoria last summer now wants to create a permanent, free art installation for the community.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Washington is now a Walldogs mural community.

Peoria Art Guild

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Lisa Nelson Raabe joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the influences and techniques which inspired “Still Point”, a collection of her work now on display through July 31 at the Peoria Art Guild. Large in scale, yet fine and fragile, the work follows her ideas into visible constructions that are translucent, elegant and contemplative. Learn more at the Peoria Art Guild.

Morton Chamber of Commerce

This week on Out and About, Leigh Ann Brown of the Morton Chamber of Commerce joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the importance of supporting local businesses and artists. Fourth Friday takes place the Fourth Friday of every month in the heart of downtown Morton and provides an outdoor walk-about environment featuring a variety of artisans, musicians, shopping, and outdoor and online activities.
For more information see the Arts Partners Events Calendar.

   

Peoria Riverfront Museum

This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. For more stories about the effect of COVID-19 on museums, please visit the Prairie State Museums Project at PrairieStateMuseumsProject.org.

It’s a Monday afternoon with nothing to do. Your other plans have been rained out, so you decide to pay a visit to the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Five Points Washington

This week on Out and About Jenn Gordon talks with Mike Schulte from Five Points Washington about their outdoor summer concert series, Five Points Fridays. The series runs through October 16th and will include acoustic performances by Pocket Mouse, Neal Bowling, Kick-in & Pickin, Top 4D and Chase Sieting. Tonight's show features Black Velvet. Gates open at 5:30pm and the performance will start at 6pm. Local food and drink will be available for purchase on site.

Peoria Art Guild

The Peoria Park District, in conjunction with the respective local organizations, canceled several of this year's Riverfront events as restrictions on crowd sizes and other social distancing guidlines continue to stay in place.

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The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have renewed conversations about systemic racism and inequality in the United States. This is a time white people can listen and learn from the lived experience of black Americans. A Peoria bookseller is trying to help people do just that.

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Pride Month is usually a time of togetherness for the LGBTQ+ community. But with social distancing guidelines in place, organizers have had to get creative.

Dana Vollmer / WCBU, Peoria Public Radio

Quarantine means people have a lot of time on their hands — and many are spending it with a phone, computer, or TV screen. But what kind of media and how much you consume during the COVID-19 pandemic can take a big toll on your mental health.

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Local food producers are thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic, as more concerned customers want to make sure they not only have access to food, but know where it’s coming from.

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

This week on Out and About, Contemproary Art Center of Peoria Exectuive Director, William Butler joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the variety of central Illinois artwork on display at the CIAO member show, as well as the power themes of motherhood and creation explored through the works of Janis Mars Wunderlich. Both shows remain on display at the CAC now through June 26. https://peoriacac.org/current-exhibitions/

Murals Go On In Peoria Despite Pandemic

May 3, 2020
Steve Tarter

Megan Troglio believes in adding a little color to the world.

Peoria Ballet

This week on Out and About, Wendy Thomasson joins Jenn Gordon to talk about how the Peoria Ballet is embracing technology to keep their students on pointe! Learn more at peoriaballet.com

Art Inc

On this week’s episode,  Executive Director of Artists ReEnvisioning Tomorrow (Art, Inc.) Nikki Romain joins Jenn Gordon to talk about how the organization delivers arts based e-learning options to the community in the midst of the pandemic.

This week on Out and About, Mae Gilliland Wright joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about how the Peoria Symphony Orchestra is innovating in the midst of Covid-19 to bring meaningful programming to the community. Find out more about the #PSOAtHome online series at peoriasymphony.org!

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If you’re thinking about buying a pet rabbit for Easter – think about a chocolate one instead. That’s the message from a Pekin-based rabbit rescue group.

Central Illinois Art Scene Upended By Virus

Apr 1, 2020
Tim Shelley / WCBU

Central Illinois artists are also among the many casualties in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus.

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The Peoria Civic Center is reporting revenue numbers deep in the red, after the novel coronavirus canceled virtually all concerts and sporting events.

The annual Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe is postponed to late August.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

Peoria is celebrating its music scene by dubbing 2020 the "Year of the Guitar." 

A dress display on a fence in the Warehouse District will honor the memories of the 94 women murdered in Peoria County in the last 20 years.

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