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What is IGNITE?

Spark your Creativity! Perfect for the whole family, Ignite Peoria showcases hundreds of local makers, musicians, artists, innovators, dancers, and actors, in one STEAM inspired interactive FREE day of fun and learning! The Proud Home of River City Labs’ MidWest Makerfest, Ignite Peoria features hands-on creation stations showcasing everything from painting, to 3-D Printing and more. Additionally, the event features theatre, dance, and technology workshops; a “Bot Brawl” Competition; and two live performance stages.


What is STEAM?

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!

When is IGNITE?

Always the second Saturday in August

August 11, 2018

9am to 5pm

At the Peoria Civic Center


IGNITE Peoria began with a spark in 2013, when members of the arts community came together with the idea to host an event that celebrated creativity of all kinds right here in Peoria. On Saturday, August 9th, 2014, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, The Peoria Civic Center and The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted the first-ever IGNITE Peoria, a celebration of creativity featuring a range of events to inspire innovation, release artistic vision and spark the imagination of the community.

According to all who attended, that mission was accomplished. Far exceeding expectations, the event had a tremendous turnout, bringing more than 6,300 people to downtown Peoria to touch, feel, taste, see and interact with the local arts community.

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