Ignite Peoria 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 11:10 A.M.

Ignite Peoria 2015

For Immediate Release


IGNITE Peoria! Prepares to Spark Creative Passion in Central Illinois

For the Second Year in a Row!


IGNITE Peoria! is a celebration of creativity featuring events that will inspire innovation, release artistic vision and spark the passionate imagination of our community.


Saturday, August 8th 2015


The Peoria Civic Center


July 28th (Peoria, IL) -- What started as a small spark of an idea has swept across Central Illinois to become IGNITE Peoria!.  During the 2014 IGNITE Peoria! event, the Peoria Civic Center was  taken over by creative individuals from all across Central Illinois sharing their passion with over 6,000 attendees.  From belly dancing to ballet, painting to fashion, cars to guitars, IGNITE Peoria! had something to spark the creative passion in people of all ages.


“We were absolutely blown away by the way Central Illinois came out to support the event last year,” said Kathy Chitwood, chairperson of IGNITE Peoria 2014. “The Artists that participated really delivered, providing a memorable experience for everyone. We are so excited to bring IGNITE Peoria! back this year.”


Jody Tockes, from the Hive, is one of the many excited participants from 2014 looking forward to returning for the 2015 event. “When I think back to last year’s event, what I remember most is that it was a crazy, art-filled, joyous blur. That is what makes me so excited for this year’s IGNITE Peoria!. Our business received such great exposure from the event, we had many calls and bookings directly from IGNITE, but it was not just about that. It was so fun to see everyone sit down to paint at my tables and have a great time,” Tockes said. “I was so busy last year I was not able to go around and enjoy the event myself! Hopefully this year I can get around to see more artists and participate in the event as well.”


This year’s event will be bigger and more diverse, featuring a number of new events and participants. With the guidance of  ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, and the support of the City of Peoria, The Peoria Civic Center and the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, IGNITE Peoria! will occupy the entire facility with unique experiences for the whole family.


The event will kick off at 9am on Saturday, August 8th in the main hub of the event, located in Exhibit Halls B and C, which will feature Creation Stations, World and Cultural booths, live entertainment and art demonstrations. Creation Stations offer a range of hands-on activities such as metal stamping, caricatures, photography portraits, artistic displays, and a musical instrument petting zoo. This area will also feature art on display and artists demonstrating their art in action.


Once again IGNITE Peoria! will be bringing international food and culture to the Central Illinois with the WORLD Ignites Peoria. Formerly known as Worldfest, this area will feature cultural booths, food booths and entertainment.


The Ballroom, located on the 4th floor of the Peoria Civic Center, will host Fashion Ignite Peoria. Fashion Ignite Peoria is a free, live, public fashion photo shoot extravaganza! Celebrating the wealth of talent our region has to offer in photographers, beauty professionals, fashion designers, fine craft artists, and local boutiques, the event offers an inside look at the exciting world of photography with an art/fashion edge.


Expanded this year is the All or Nothing Car Show at IGNITE Peoria!. This year the event will be held in the Arena, with additional cars in the theater lobby. This invitation-only show, hosted by Darius Donaldson, will feature cars & bikes that display an artistic, customized element.  Creative tutorials on customizing, pin striping, and drawing will be offered.  There will also be new product demonstrations with local businesses highlighted.  This is a unique, artistic element of our local arts community and should not be missed! A very special addition, Donk’e Punch, Justin Fenwick is a sneaker customizer.  You will be able to see his incredible work at the ALL or NOTHING car show!


River City Labs 1st Annual Midwest Maker Fest  rounds out the new offerings at IGNITE Peoria! This exciting new addition provides a platform for makers, artists, and technologists to show off their personal projects. The Midwest Maker Fest is a family friendly celebration of the art of making, tinkering, and inventing. People and Groups who are passionate about Science, Technology, Arts, Crafts are invited to join in and showcase what they MAKE. Attendees will enjoy 3D printers, Robots, Drone Obstacle Course, First Person View RC Cars, Virtual Interactive Sandbox, Tech Talks, and much more!


Live music will be going on throughout the facility including soloists, small jazz bands, large choirs, guitar lessons and more! 


IGNITE Peoria! is free and open to the public. Certain events and activities may involve an additional fee. For more information on pricing visit www.ignitepeoria.com. The Peoria Civic Center parking lots will also be open to attendees at no charge.

A complete schedule of events is available at  www.IgnitePeoria.com. For the most up to date information, follow IGNITE Peoria! on Facebook.


About ArtsPartners of Central Illinois

The mission of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is to increase the vitality of arts and culture in the area.  ArtsPartners was founded in 1999 as a non-profit organization funded in part by a portion of the collected restaurant tax through a cooperative agreement between the City of Peoria and the Peoria Civic Center Authority.  Operational funds are also received from the Illinois Arts Council, an agency of the State of Illinois.  For a complete calendar of upcoming arts events, visit the ArtsPartners website at www.artspartners.net.


About The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

The PACVB represents an eight county region including Bureau, Fulton, Marshall, Mason, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford. The organization’s mission is to promote the Peoria Area as a destination for visitors and contribute to the economic growth of the communities they represent.


About the Peoria Civic Center

The Peoria Civic Center, an SMG managed facility, is an entertainment and convention venue that contributes significantly to the economic impact on the downtown Peoria area.  For the most up-to-date event information, please check us out on the web at www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com.


About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats.  As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.  SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 130 accounts worldwide.



SAVOR is the food and beverage division of SMG, the global leader in public facilities and special event venue management.  Since its inception in 1983, SAVOR has specialized in creating menus that showcase local cuisine expertly prepared and presented to ensure a seamless dining and entertainment experience. SAVOR currently provides catering, concessions and special event services, to more than 130 facilities worldwide.


The company is also an industry leader in introducing green standards and programs to public facilities.  SAVOR’s commitment to farm to table freshness and food quality features locally grown products for their venue clients whenever possible.  SAVOR staff prides themselves on being on the cutting edge of the latest food and beverage trends in addition to searching out the most innovative food technologies available on the market.  To learn more, visit www.savorsmg.com

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