art & society - sep/oct 2012

Peoria Riverfront Museum

by Jonathan Wright
Artist portraits by Doug & Eileen Leunig

This fall, one of the largest development projects in Peoria history comes to an end when an unprecedented cultural campus springs to life. A dozen years of work by thousands of people will culminate in a grand opening unlike any this community has ever seen.

Center Stage with the Players

by Heather Swick
Photos courtesy of Peoria Players

The Peoria Players legacy hearkens back to the vaudeville era, when jazz was king and the cinema was a kind of magic. Nearly a century later, the little theatre that could is a deeply-rooted fixture in the local arts.

The Academy and the Underground

by Jonathan Wright

Standing tall on its perch overlooking I-74, the castle-like structure at Madison and Spalding cuts an imposing presence. Having long been a popular site for weddings and banquets,  the Cornerstone Building is now an emerging arts center.

A Bear Beloved

by Stevie Sigan

There’s a charm to some rumors. Or so it goes with the large stuffed bear that hovers near the entrance to thirty-thirty Coffee Co. on Main Street in Peoria.

Hairy Heroes

by Stevie Sigan

The dogs go everywhere. They ride trains, attend games, go to concerts, shop at the mall and dine in the area's finest restaurants.

Take 10: Nicki Haschke

From youth roles at Corn Stock to high school and college productions, Nicki Haschke has been involved in the theater for most of her life.