Beginning Wednesday, March 20 artists from around the city will begin work on a new initiative aimed at making historic Old Town Peoria a little brighter.
As part of the city’s placemaking initiative, Peoria brought artists and community members together to design and execute five intersection painting projects.
The first project will feature artists Connie Whitlock and Margaret Lieu with assistance from high school students from the Peoria Flex Academy and Peoria Accelerated high school. They will begin work painting the intersection at 83rd Dr. and Washington Ave. The theatre themed painting will feature the classic “comedy and tragedy masks” in homage to the nearby Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.
Four additional projects will take place in April with the final project slated to be complete in early May. Once completed, the city plans to host a community celebration to showcase the new art. More information on the community event will be forthcoming.
Here is the schedule for all of the upcoming intersection painting projects-
• March 20 to 23, 83rd Dr. and Washington, Artists Connie Whitlock and Margret Lieu
• April 12 to 14, 84th Ave. and Jefferson, Artists Charith and Michael Denson and Arnold Guerrero
• April 27 to 28, 84th Ave. and Washington, Artists Martha Wolfe and Heather Young
• April 28 to May, 2 83rd Ave. and Washington, Artist Melissa Zimmer
• April 28 to May 2, 83rd and Jefferson, Artists Lance Linderman and Timmy Ham
Some traffic restrictions may apply during the construction.
The action heats up as rosters are finalized and players vie for positions. The last two games are great ones with the Padres taking on the Los Angeles Angels at 1:10 p.m. Saturday, March 23 and the Chicago Cubs at 12:10 p.m. Sunday, March 24.
During National Library Week, April 7-13, 50 cents will be deducted from library overdue fees for each nonperishable food item collected at the Peoria Main and Sunrise Mountain Libraries. All donations will be accepted even if fees are not being paid.
A maximum of $25 can be paid with donated food. Homemade food and food donated to replace lost or damaged items cannot be accepted. All donated food will be distributed to Community Hope Center in Peoria.