As Yaku

– a Quechua word of the South American Incas meaning water – together, we are working to re-cultivate the seed that is the Hale Memorial Church (HMC), found on the corner of Main and High Streets. We are a group of big-hearted Peorians - organizers, makers, and trans-disciplinary, multi-medium artists - focused on realizing the cultural and economic potential in regenerating a historic treasure in the heart of the city we love. Once restored, the HMC will serve host to arts experiences, events, installations, residencies, and potential studio space; a place where people can come together under one roof to connect more deeply with their own community and be humbled by the humanity of artistic experience. Ultimately, we envision a city that more deeply appreciates exploring and connecting with one another and our respective heritages in a new light; Stay Tuned! Follow us on social media @yakupeoria, www.yakupeoria.org, and sign up to help here.

Mission

Yaku works to repurpose the historic Hale Memorial Church as an international cultural center to unify Main street and realize the district's potential as conduit for economic and cultural prosperity.

Vision

With the regeneration of the Hale Memorial Church, the city of Peoria will have a treasure unique unto itself - one we can be proud to call our own. This sacred place will offer our community the opportunity to experience the cultures of the world, and for the world to fall in love with Peoria. Over time, our fiscal, cultural, and emotional investment will bring renewed focus to the value of revitalizing historic spaces. We envision a city that more deeply appreciates experiencing and connecting with our heritage in a new light. A place where people can come together under one roof to connect more deeply with their own community and be humbled by the humanity of artistic experience. As Yaku – a Quechua word of the South American Incas meaning water – together, we will cultivate of the seed that is the Hale Memorial Church.