“When Big Picture Peoria approached us about this partnership, we were honored and immediately understood that these murals, which marry art, history and technology, would have the perfect home here at Main Library,” said Peoria Public Library Executive Director Randall Yelverton. “We love our new look, and we’re so grateful to Big Picture Peoria for including us in their journey to bring more public art to Peoria.”
The Portraits of Peoria Augmented Reality component is funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. Mural support comes from Sharon and John Amdall; Program support from Discover Peoria and the City of Peoria. This program is supported partially by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
The Portraits of Peoria program was created by Big Picture Peoria, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to build a thriving and vibrant community for all by using arts and creativity as a driver for social change, economic development, and wellness. They do this by providing arts-based solutions, promoting and supporting artists and arts initiatives, and advancing arts education.