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Arts in Education Spring Celebration

Apr 12, 2017

Beginning April 19, 2017, the 32nd Annual Gerald M. Brookhart Arts in Education Spring Celebration will be held on the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. every weekday through May 19.  The Peoria County Regional Office of Education, Beth Derry, Peoria County Regional Superintendent and Mary Rous, Project Director, coordinate the annual event.

As an Advocate for both Fine and Applied Arts in Education for over 30 years, the GMB Spring Celebration is a five week performance and exhibition destination for Central Illinois school age students that reaches seven counties throughout Central Illinois.  All organized educational programs PreK-12 are invited to present their works from the current school year at no cost.  The event is held at an open air venue in the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza.  Two to three stages run concurrently each weekday from April 19 through May 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • On Friday, April 28th, we will participate in a special event celebrating International Jazz Day.  More information about this day can be found at  Dr. Todd Kelly and his Bradley University Jazz Ensemble will be joining our schedule and playing on the Monument stage from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • We are once again collaborating with Sculpture Walk Peoria.  Free educational coloring books are available to schools for use in the classroom.  Contact the ROE or Joe Richey at Sculpture Walk at for free distribution.
  • Support is needed to keep this event successful. Interested community members can help by volunteering or sponsoring a stage for a day.  Visit our website for more information or contact Mary Rous, Project Director at 309-253-2020.
  • The Gerald M. Brookhart Spring Celebration Arts in Education is a Not-for-Profit 501(c) 3 organization and is part of The Friends of the Regional Office of Education #48.

Please contact Mary Rous at the above contact information for interviews or appearances to discuss the program and the continued effect of this iconic event.  Fine Arts in education are far more reaching than just Choir, Band and Orchestra.  It is our intent to get the word out as staffing is down in these specialty areas for schools to think outside the box.  The community looks forward to this program every year.  Classroom plays, dance, Readers Theater, Spring Musicals, and writing classes, just to name a few, are all part of what we would love to showcase at the GMB Spring Celebration.

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