Erica became interested in art at a very young age
and hasn't looked back since. While attending Midwest Central High
School, she took every art class they had to offer including Advanced
Studio Art. She also completed an independent art study her senior year.
While there, she was President of the Spanish Club, Yearbook Business
Manager, held multiple positions in Student Council, and was a member of
the National Honor Society among other organizations. After graduating
from Midwest Central High School with multiple scholarships, she studied
art for a brief time at the Savannah College of Art & Design in
Savannah, GA. She later returned to Pekin, IL and began taking classes at
Illinois Central College. She is currently focusing Ceramics.
Erica resides in Pekin with her daughter, Raegan. Her
inspiration for art projects and lesson plans comes from everything that
surrounds her. She likes to work with many different mediums, but mostly
enjoys making crafts in her spare time.
She teaches the Young Artists class at the Speakeasy
Art Center on Tuesdays nights for children 5-12 years old. These kids get
to experience making art of all kinds with a variety of mediums. Some of
her student's favorite mediums include paint, clay, and chalk pastel.
Erica also runs the Crafty Kids Club which meets
twice a month on Wednesday nights. This is geared towards children 5-12
years old, but all children are welcome to join. They make and take home
a new craft at each meeting and receive newsletters in the mail with
crafts ideas to make at home with their families.
"I really love working at the Speakeasy Art
Center because there is so much opportunity to grow. Most of the kids in
my classes have been with me for over a year and they love it, which make
me very happy. I always love getting cards and hugs from the kids because
it shows me that I'm really making a difference in their day when they
come to art class. I love these kids like they were my own and the
Speakeasy and I have worked with many families to make sure that all kids
have the opportunity to come here and create."
Erica teaches the following classes at the Pekin
Academy of Fne Arts. She also hosts many workshops, a summer art camp and
she is hosting a Craft Supply Swap on May 2nd.
Goodwill of Central Illinois will hold the 5th Annual Recycle Your Style Contest. High school students within Goodwill’s territory are encouraged to donate their used clothing. The high school that donates the most pounds of clothing will win a SMART Board donated by Bradfield’s Computer Supply. The contest runs from October 1st through October 31st. “This has been a very successful campaign for us,” said Bob Parkhurst, Goodwill Vice President. “We are grateful for Bradfield’s Computer Supply’s donation of a SMART Board each year. That prize really heats up the competition among the high schools.” Donations of items other than clothing are encouraged, but only clothing will count toward the contest. Only high schools are eligible, but others can participate including teachers, family and school supporters. Donors need to tell the Goodwill donation attendant which high school they are supporting for their donation to be counted. Donations can be made at any of Goodwill’s nine stores o
The Pekin Women's Leadership Network empowers women to become effective leaders by providing essential skills and strategies for professional and personal growth. A variety of carefully tailored programs are designed to support women in all phases of their careers. Why is this program needed? Although women have made great strides in achieving equality, a leadership gap continues. In 2013, 20 women serve in the Senate, and only 78 women serve in the House of Representative. Overall, women hold 98, or 18.3% of the 525 seats in the 113th U.S congress. Locally, the statistics are even worse, with only 1 woman serving on the Pekin City Council. The business world does not fare much better, with only 22 women CEO's in the Fortune 500. Our focus is on helping young women develop the skills and abilities necessary to succeed and flourish in their chosen career paths. Sessions scheduled for the 2013-2014 series include: November 1st - Women in Politics - Rep. Cheri Busto
January 29, 2010 Methodist Medical Center is hosting a free “Coffee with the Doctor” on Saturday February 27, 2010 in observance of National Heart Month. Tahir Ilahi, M.D. of the Methodist Medical Group Cardiology will be making a presentation on “Cholesterol and Your Heart”. Registered Dietician Hannah Lee will also be on hand to demonstrate heart healthy meal preparation. “Coffee with the Doctor” will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Methodist Medical Group Cardiology Conference Room at 112 NE. Crescent Ave in Peoria. The event is free but space is limited. Reserve your seat by calling 671-5121.