Photo courtesy of city of Peoria

Peoria Mayor Jason Beck and the Peoria City Council celebrated 29 young artists from 15 schools in the Peoria Unified School District spanning kindergarten to eighth grade who participated in the 13th exhibition of the city’s Young Artists Program.
“We’re recognizing and celebrating the next generation of artists. Art represents a visual form of communication utilizing line, color, and form to convey themes and evoke emotions. These young artists embody the important role of art within public education and represent tomorrow’s members of the creative sector,” says Arts, Culture and Library Services Director Marylou Stephens. “Through a diverse and vibrant collection of public art, lively theatre, and festival offerings, Peoria is proud to foster a strong arts culture.”

The young artists program was created in 2016 as a bi-annual opportunity to engage students interested in the arts, while bringing attention to the value that art brings to a community. The latest exhibition was on display in Peoria City Hall from December 1, 2023, through this January 16. Students were honored with the framing of their personal artwork, and a certificate of recognition for their creative contributions at the January 16 Peoria City Council Meeting.

The city of Peoria is proud to offer a variety of art experiences for residents and visitors to enjoy. To learn more about upcoming arts events, including Peoria’s upcoming Arts and Cultural Festival on Saturday, March 2. Check out page 11 for more information on that event.