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Art for Art's Sake: New 'Zine Part of Broader Artists' Vision for Peoria


This week, we're speaking with two local artists and preservationists who are turning a historic Peoria church into an international art destination. 

Natalia Villanueva and Earl Power Murphy purchased the aging Hale Memorial Church on High St., with hopes of converting it into an interactive art space and destination for artists around the world to do residencies. Their non-profit Yaku, which means "water" in Quechua, aims to serve as a bridge that connects people of different cultures through art. 

This weekend, Yaku is hosting a release party for their organization's first publication, called UKAY-zine. (UKAY is Yaku spelled backwards). Out and About spoke with Villanueva and Power Murphy about how the magazine fits into their broader vision for connecting Peoria to the international art scene:

The UKAY-Zine release is Sat., Oct. 15 at the Studios on Sheridan. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets and information can be found here.

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Earl Power Murphy and Natalia Villanueva