Arts Education


The Big Picture Festival is more than a celebration of the arts. It’s about raising funds to support what’s nearest and dearest to us—kids having a chance to experience and enjoy art making. We do that by hiring artists to teach in after-school programs and community centers.

For the past year and a half, teaching artists have been working at Common Place, East Bluff Community Center, and Peoria Public School Summer School and Saturday University.

Big Picture Teaching Artists

J.M. Hunter, cartoonist, comic book publisher. Founding Teaching Artist at Common Place, East Bluff Community Center, The Neighborhood House, and Peoria Public Schools Saturday University

Kagan Masters, painter and illustrator. Teaching Artist at Common Place

Erik Scott, painter and illustrator. Teaching Artist at Common Place

Megan Couri, Mural Painter. Teaching Artist at Peoria Public Summer School

Rashad Reed, Mural Painter. Teaching Artist at Peoria Public Summer School

Allison Walsh, Independent Film Producer. Teaching Artist at Peoria Public Summer School