Street Festival

First Annual Street Festival Took Place October 13, 2018

Big Picture Festival is a Big Picture Initiative event

Peoria Warehouse District was alive with artists at our first annual street festival. We had 4 professional mural painters creating new work and the opportunity for the public to get involved in a paint-by-number mural as well as the new "Hello Peoria" mural. You can see the murals in the 1300 SW Adams block, Peoria' Warehouse District.

Over 30 chalk artists competed for $1000 cash prizes and performances from local schools and theaters were organized by Bryan Blanks. The music stage featured local acts with headliner Phanie Rae & the Soul Shakers.

We're planning now for October 12, 2019, and if you'd like to get involved, please contact us at

Big Picture Initiative is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Funds raised by the sponsors of Draw for a Cause chalk painting are used to pay teaching artists to work with kids in after-school programs and community centers. Big Picture members have successfully run art classes at the Common Place, the East Bluff Community Center, the Neighborhood House as well as a summer mural program and video class at Peoria Public Schools.

Mural Painting

Watch art come to life as murals are painted in real time. Big Picture was proud to have four great mural artists who create new art for Peoria.  Amsterdam Street Artist Ard Doko, Muralist Megan Couri, Mural Artist Brenda Gentry, and Mural Artist and ArtPop winner Brett Fitzgerald.

Draw for a Cause Chalk Painting

Over 30 chalk artists created in 8'x8' squares. The squares were sponsored by local businesses and the funds are being used to provide arts education for students in community centers and in a partnership with ART Inc. Cash prizes were awarded. $500 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd, and $200 for 3rd. Keep you eyes open for the call for the 2019 chalk art competition.

Paint Fling

Super soakers filled with paint will brought out everyone's inner Jackson Pollack. The abstract artwork was later enhanced with "Hello Peoria" designed by Chelsie Tamms and painted by Joe Gabbert and Nick Carmack.

Live Music

A day filled with great local music ending with headliner Phanie Rae & the Soul Shakers. Plus a full line up Matt Maeson with Neon Gold/Atlantic Records, Gentle Gorilla with Tanner Brown and Zack Davis..