Peoria’s cultural hub featuring art exhibitions, artist studios, open mic for poetry, salsa dances, and instruction in art, dance, yoga & tai chi. And lots more!
The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria celebrates all of the arts! Our art exhibitions feature the work of living, innovative artists at the forefront of their fields. Join us for a Salsa dance or Whisper & Shout, our open mic for poetry. We offer lots of classes also. Attracting thousands of music lovers annually to Peoria's riverfront to Live at the Five Spot, featuring local and regional musicians every Friday evening at 5:30.
The 14,000 square foot facility is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of a renovated warehouse that is ideal to house the studios of about on the 3rd floor and display art in three galleries. A great way to visit with artists is during the CIAO First Friday Studio Tour. Prolific artist and co-founder Preston Jackson maintains his sculpture and painting studio on the 2nd floor.
Throughout the facility, the original pillars, beams and hardwood floors have preserved the look of the structure in which it is housed. It is a great place to rent for a wedding reception or party! The building was originally built in the late 1870’s as a coffee bean warehouse, providing a cozy, loft feel for your event.
The non-profit organization is located at 305 SW Water St. on Peoria’s RiverFront. There is parking across the street (free two-hour parking during the weekday 8:00-5:00 and free evenings and weekends) and there is no cost to visit the handicapped accessible facility.
305 Water Street, Peoria, IL 61602
11am - 5 pm, Tuesday - Saturday