The public is invited to AAUW's program about Peoria's growing arts movement on February 11, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the Morton Public Library. Nikki Romain, a leader in the Peoria's arts community, will discuss by using arts and culture as a vehicle, she is fulfilling her life’s mission to empower the lives of women and youth in our area.

Nikki Romain is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Artists ReEnvisioning Tomorrow (ART, Inc.). Nikki and her husband, Jonathon, are local artists who purchased the shuttered Greeley School, a 50,000 square foot building on NE Jefferson from Peoria Public Schools. After Peoria was ranked number one on the website list of the “worst” cities for black Americans, Jonathon and Nikki Romain believed that, in purchasing this old school, they could provide a beacon of light and hope to a community that’s often overlooked. They have transformed the school into the Romain Arts & Culture Community Center.

ART, Inc. enhances the quality of life for the local community, especially youth, by providing them with a safe, structured and enriching environment in which to positively and constructively engage their imaginations while discovering pathways to a bright future - through the creation, appreciation and understanding of the arts. At the Romain Arts & Culture Community Center, students can take STEAM-based educational classes in coding, film-making, drama, dance and visual arts.  Students who can’t afford the tuition have scholarship opportunities made available through donations from individuals and corporations. 

The AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. The Morton Branch holds meetings on the second Tuesday of the month, September through May. For more information about the grant or AAUW, call 266-7331.

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