To inspire and empower the community through the arts.
To enhance the quality of life for the community, especially our youth, through art and educational programs by providing them with a safe, structured and enriching environment in which to positively and constructively engage their imaginations while discovering pathways to a bright future.
Our objective at ART Inc. involves making arts education and culture affordable and accessible to all children, youth and their families throughout the Peoria area, regardless of their financial situation. To meet our objective, we provide the following programs:
After School and Summer Arts Camp: 1st - 12th grade students are provided with multidisciplinary arts-based instruction during the most crucial hours of a child’s day. Students have the opportunity to learn about coding, filmmaking, theater, dance, STEAM DIY projects, robotics, gardening, cooking, foreign language, creative writing, sewing, music and visual arts.
In 2019, our first Summer Arts Camp provided 34 students, ages 11-14, with the opportunity to learn about coding, filmmaking, drama, dance, STEAM activities and visual arts. Twenty students who could not afford tuition were given financial need scholarships, which were made available through generous donations.
Family and Me: An early childhood arts education program that provides classes to children 0-Pre-K and their caregivers. Classes focus on quality multidisciplinary arts-based instruction such as Spanish, visual arts, and music and movement.
In The Schools: In partnership with Peoria Public Schools, we provide teaching artists for their 21st Century Learning Centers and Full Service Community Schools program inside five schools. Throughout the course of two school years, we’ve provided employment for at least 50 different artists and served well over 300 students.
Lettuce Share Romain Community Garden: In partnership with the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners, this program provides opportunities for people to grow food for themselves and for donation, increase their healthy activity, get to know their neighbors, learn from each other, and create a productive and beautiful site. The LSR garden is also part of our “Garden to Grub” class in which students, grades 1 – 12, learn how to grow and cook their own food.
How to Help
Volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to: administrative work, talent/teacher, professional services, event planning and fundraising.
The majority of support for ART Inc. comes from individuals, small businesses and corporate donations. You can contribute to our programming, sponsor a child or class, become a Founding 100 member, or donate to our capital campaign.
For more information, to volunteer or to donate, contact Nikki Romain at (708) 465-6505 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit artincpeoria.org to donate via credit card.
The Romain Arts & Culture Center
919 NE Jefferson Avenue
Nikki Romain, Executive Director/Co-Founder
Jonathon Romain, Director of Development/Co-Founder
Jonathon Romain II, Assistant Director of Development
Everley Davis, Program Coordinator