Hale Memorial Church

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Patrons of several Peoria establishments this month might encounter a brightly-colored cardboard box, accompanied by a small paper replica of a church.


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.