Stacy L. Peterson is the public programming and projects assistant at the Peoria Public Library. In her short time in this role, she has helped to develop a lecture series on the history of Peoria, teamed up with the Peoria Historical Society and local ceramic experts to create an art exhibit, helped organize the Congressional Art Competition, assisted in setting up a new monthly music program, and is currently working to establish a film series and additional exhibits. Prior to joining the library, Peterson spent two years at the Peoria Art Guild, where she coordinated the Fine Art Fair, a nationally recognized event that requires oversight of more than 400 volunteers.
Outside of her professional career, Peterson has committed herself to a large number of volunteer activities. Her passion for historic preservation is reflected in her service as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoria Historical Society and the Historical Task Force of the Young Professionals of Greater Peoria. She is also deeply committed to her work for the South Side Mission, and one of her most cherished experiences has been delivering Thanksgiving meals for the organization.
In addition, she has volunteered for the Children’s Home, WCBU-FM and the YWCA Peoria’s Soup for the Shelter fundraiser. A member of the National Association of Independent Artists, Peterson secured Peoria as the host city for its annual Art Fair Director’s Summit in 2009. She is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and the Washington Street Advisory Board, a group devoted to the development of Peoria’s riverfront and Warehouse District.
Peterson is a regular guest on TV and radio stations, and has served as a juror for Robert Morris University’s “Outside the Lines” art show and as a judge for the Congressional Art Competition. She often delivers presentations on the importance of the arts to local businesses and civic organizations, and has served as a guest panelist for Bradley University’s Department of Communication. iBi