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Creative Placemaking

We believe that supporting creative spaces brings a social, physical, and economic impact to a community. From time to time, we support projects that enhances the places where we invest. 

LISC Central Illinois has supported the following placemaking projects: 

  • East Bluff Build It Up Sculpture
  • Faces of the East Bluff, mural by Keith Cotton
  • Prominent Women in History, mural by Brenda Gentry
  • NAACP mural by R. Rashad Reed
  • West Main mural
  • Western Avenue mural by R. Rashad Reed, assisted by Brenda Gentry
  • Wisconsin Avenue mural
The love that you have for this community - and for the people of this place - gives all of us a great deal of pride that we carry every single day.
— Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, Illinois 92nd District, Western Ave. Mural Dedication

Enjoy a slideshow of the many creative installations dedicated to neighborhoods with LISC Central Illinois' support.

Faces of the East Bluff, by Keith Cotton,a LISC-supported project, is revealed along the Wisconsin Avenue Business Corridor
Mayor Jim Ardis (center), flanked by Al Hooks (LISC Board Member, left) and Councilman Tim Riggenbach (right)
Artist Brenda Gentry paints prominent women in history, a LISC-sponsored mural, on the exterior wall of Kim's in the East Bluff of Peoria.
Pictured from left: Frida Kahlo, Coretta Scott King, , Angela Davis, Madam CJ Walker, Nina Simone
Brenda Gentry stands next to the dedication plaque.
NAACP Dedication mural