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Alley Art Festival Fund

Established 2018


Alley Art Festival is a local, grassroots art festival in downtown Aurora. Held on the last Saturday in August, Alley Art Festival brings more than 60 area artists together on Water Street Mall near City Hall in the heart of downtown.

The idea came from a student who attended an Aurora Public Art program. The festival became reality in 2010 thanks to the dedication of a small group of community organizers and artists. In 2018, Aurora Downtown, a nonprofit of business and property owners continues to run the annual festival with one of the original event organizers at the helm.

It’s a day like no other in downtown with art, live music, food, family-friendly offerings, and spectacle. It’s an event that brings everyone together, and supports local artists and their craft.

Donations to Alley Art Festival are used to maintain the event by way of hiring musicians and family-friendly entertainment, providing a safe and welcoming environment with convenient amenities, and to promote the event to visitors and residents alike.

Aurora Downtown is a nonprofit organization of downtown property and business owners within Special Service Area #One in Aurora, Ill. Started in 1975, Aurora Downtown’s income is used to underwrite a variety of downtown improvements, enhancements, and events.







A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

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