Street Festival

Second Annual Street Festival October 12, 2019

Big Picture Festival is a Big Picture Initiative event

Peoria Warehouse District will once again be alive with artists at our second annual street festival. This year we are featuring local artist Andrè Petty who will be creating a mural of Richard Pryor on the Sous Chef building at 1311 SW Adams.

Over 30 chalk artists will again compete for $1000 cash prizes and performances from local schools and theaters under the direction of  by Bryan Blanks will be filling the streets with sound. The 2019 music stage will host an open-mic competition organized by Kindall Nelson of Peoria Music Live and Roxy Baker of WWCT 99.9 FM.

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

In 2018, we had four mural painters including Brenda Gentry shown here.

Draw for a Cause Chalk Painting

Sign up for the chalk square competition is coming soon! If you want to be a sponsor and help us fund arts education and get promotion at this year's festival, please contact us at

Paint Fling

Super soakers filled with paint 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 shown below.