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Support Side Street Studio Arts

Side Street Studio Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization encouraging the artistic process in Elgin from creation to curation. SSSA has proved itself to be an artistic, cultural, and social beacon for Elgin and beyond. In 2018, SSSA hosted:

  • 24 visual art exhibitions

  • 35 music performances

  • 50+ live art events

  • 300+ on-site arts education programs

  • 240+ hours of Community Moves arts education outreach programming

  • 5 artist-internships

  • 3 arts-admin internships

  • 2 Elgin Community College Future Workforce leaders

  • weekly free gallery hours

  • during an average week, there are approximately 100 hours of SSSA activities

  • donated space for multiple fundraising events for area organizations

  • co-produced the Elgin Fringe Festival and Elgin Literary Festival with the City of Elgin

  • featured a downtown Elgin GALLERY and THEATER that were active 52 of 52 weeks during the year.


Where your donation goes:

  • 40% occupancy - Rent, utilities, maintaining spaces and equipment for exhibits, educational programs, and events.

  • 25% people - While the SSSA Founders, Directors, and Managers are volunteers, artists are paid for their sales and performances, artist-educators are paid for their teaching, and event-specific staff are paid for their time. Paying artists is important!

  • 11% supplies - Community Moves, Small Wonders, Harvest Market, Free Kids Days, etc. all need glue and paper and paint and scissors and so on.

  • 23% everything else - marketing, production fees, equipment rentals, professional fees, fundraising, community support, the ins and outs of running an organization on a daily basis.



                     To donate, click the piggy bank below.












We also welcome cash and checks made out to SSSA, sent to:

Side Street Studio Arts

PO BOX 1264

Elgin, IL



Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please contact your tax advisor for guidance. 


Thank you for supporting the arts and Side Street!