What is Big Picture?

Big Picture Festival in Peoria’s Warehouse District is about Big Art— live mural painting, a community paint-by-number mural, children's projects, interactive public art, live music, dance cyphers, performances, street artists, moving inflatable sculptures, a film festival, and food. The purpose of the Big Picture Festival is to raise funds to hire teaching artists in Peoria schools, after-school programs, and community centers. Your donation will help the Big Picture Initiative brighten the future of children in our community and enliven our city with more public art.


Draw for a Cause Chalk Painting


36 artists and artists team will be creating works of art in chalk in 8’x8’ squares at the Big Picture Arts Festival. The public will vote for their favorite chalk drawings. Prizes will be awarded to the top three favorites.

$500 First Place

$300 Second Place

$200 Third Place

Each of the squares is sponsored by a local business or arts patron. Their sponsorship helps fund teaching artists to hold art classes for children in community centers and after-school programs. Big Picture has successfully run art classes at Common Place and The Neighborhood House as well as a summer mural program and video classes at Peoria Public Schools, and these sponsors are now helping us continue to add vibrancy into the lives of children.


Film Festival

The Big Picture Film Festival is for filmmakers in Central Illinois (within 50 miles of Peoria)

Films can run 1-8 minutes long, including credits. (Encouraged to be shorter rather than longer, but stay true to content)

Top films and winners will be selected by a panel of 3 jurors-TBD

Unfortunately, not all entries will show at Big Picture Film Festival- only top films will be shown that are selected by the judges.

Rating of PG-13 or less. No trailers. Films must have been completed in 2016 or later.

Final Videos can be dropped off at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on a flash drive. (flash drive won't be returned until the event date)

Entry Fee is $10 and can be paid at the Riverfront Museum during drop-off. $10 can be paid in cash, credit, or check.

Important Dates:

Submissions open: July 22nd

Submissions closed: August 25th

Announcements of Film Festival Participants: September 22nd

Film Festival Event and Announcement of Winners: October 13th

The Big Picture Film Festival is being held in conjunction with the Big Picture Street Festival on October 13th . Participants are encouraged to attend the mural festival during the day of the film festival.