Art Plays in Greater Peoria

Maestro George Stelluto conducts the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, the 14th oldest symphony in the United States.

In Greater Peoria, we know that art is not just a cultural driver — it also drives economic impact and quality of life. For a midsized region in the heart of the Midwest, our arts community is stronger than ever, building on a legacy that dates back well before our world-famous vaudeville era.

From our nation’s 14th oldest symphony orchestra to one of its longest-running community theaters, Greater Peoria has long been a hub for art and culture. Hometown heroes like comedian Richard Pryor and singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg have made an enduring impact on the world stage — a tradition that carries on today through the work of internationally celebrated artists like Preston Jackson and Lonnie Stewart.

The Peoria Civic Center and Peoria Riverfront Museum lead a pack of cultural institutions that bring the world to central Illinois, while our growing collection of public art breathes life and vibrancy into our communities.

Our friends at the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council understand the strong ties between art, culture and economic health — check out their inside look at our region’s arts industry.

Keep up to date on the latest arts happenings through the weekly newsletter and events calendar from ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, and let Peoria Music Live serve as your comprehensive resource for live music across the region. There’s so much to see and do here in Greater Peoria. With this wealth of resources, you’ll never miss a thing!