Nigerian Art Ambassador visits Peoria

By WEEK Producer

November 6, 2013 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 8:01 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. – Peoria-area students got a dynamic art lesson from an extraordinary world traveler on Wednesday.

Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao is Nigeria's art ambassador. He was the first place winner of the 2001 United Nations International Art Competition.

We caught up with him at Peoria Central High School where he shared his visual art and talked to students about the importance of artistic expression and diversity.

"The official reason is to come and spread the objectives of the United Nations in terms of tolerance, diversity, peace around the world,” Alao said.

"I'm taking away from this, as if everybody should think that art is more than just writing and this on a piece of paper,” said PHS Student Boyle Easley. “Maybe art is a way to express yourself and to vividly show how you are feeling with something."

Alao also visited Richwoods High School Wednesday afternoon and made an appearance at the Contemporary Art Center Wednesday evening.

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