ArtsPartners of Central Illinois

Contemporary Art Center

This week, we're talking with the Contemporary Art Center's William Butler, and with artist Larry Jon Davis. Davis is one of two artists featured in the exhibit "Inspired by Nature." Davis' works have been described as "earthscapes" -- abstract, impressionistic images inspired by the natural world. In this exhibit, his work is paired with sculptures by Dwight Crane. Butler talks about the process of selecting artists in the CAC's exhibits, and finding the best way to display their work in the Center's gallery space.

The Penguin Project

This week, we're talking with Andrew Morgan, from The Penguin Project. He's directing their 2016 production, "Singin' in the Rain, Jr." The Penguin Project aims to provide opportunities for children with special needs to participate in the performing arts. It's now expanded, with a program for older performers at Illinois Central College, and similar productions around the country. Morgan talks about those developments, and about the unique mission of The Penguin Project.

Performances are Friday night through Sunday afternoon at Eastlight Theatre in East Peoria High School.

Central Illinois Ballet

This week, we're talking with Richard Smith and Brett Benedict of the Central Illinois Ballet. The company is in its debut season, and they're presenting two performances of the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker." We talk a little bit about the new company, and about finding a distinctive "take" on a work that's performed so often. We also ask how dancers feel about performing "The Nutcracker" so frequently.

Performances are Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria.

Kim Armstrong ArtsPartners Sculpture Walk

Jun 5, 2015

Preview of Downtown Peoria Sculpture Walk Opening Saturday, June 6, 2015 along Washington Street.

Today, we're talking with Jenn Gordon, the new Executive Director of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois. The Peoria native was active for many years in the local arts scene -- performing with groups like Peoria Players Theatre and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. For the last several years, she's been living in New York, where she worked for Steinway. She talks about her background, the changes she's noticed in the Peoria arts scene, and her hopes for ArtsPartners.

Corn Stock Theatre

Corn Stock Theatre's upcoming production, "Humanity Stew," is a collection of short plays by local author Hale Garrison. It offers a biting, sometimes ludicrous, but often sympathetic, look at relationships, politics and celebrity. We talk with Garrison about his writing process. We also talk with director Victoria Rians about bringing the works to life on the Corn Stock stage. "Humanity Stew" runs February 13th to 22nd at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse.

ArtsPartners leader to retire

Dec 23, 2014

The head of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois is stepping down from her position. Executive Director Suzette Boulais announced she’ll retire March 1st. She’s held the position since 2003.

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