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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.


We are proud of our 2021!

In 2021 alone, Side Street Studio Arts hosted or produced:

  • 27 visual art exhibitions

  • 403 free or low-cost arts education events

  • 105 live and/or virtual performing arts events

  • 48 Community Moves and/or Side Street Art Mobile arts education outreach programming

  • 3 artist internships

  • 1 artist-in-residence

  • 34 Professional Development Opportunities/Events

  • Umbrella organization for ELGBTQ+

  • Provided 171 hours of discounted or donated space for creative events for area organizations, artists, and individuals

  • Produced the Elgin Fringe Festival with the City of Elgin, Illinois - Government

  • Paid out over $180,000 to staff, artist-educators, commissioned artists, and more, over $20,000 to area visual and performing artists through the Gallery and Made

  • Featured the work of 50+ area artists in MADE, our collaborative retail storefront

  • Presented the work of 20+ artists on our new virtual platform Side Street TV

  • Began a partnership Gigawatt Coffee Roasters

  • Received A Resolution Honoring Elgin Artist Fredrick D. Wimms and SSSA’s Exhibitions Committee for our Black History Month exhibit “Black Then, Black Now, Black in the Middle” from Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison

  • Received the Community Partner of the Year Award from the Family Service Association of Greater Elgin Area


We couldn't have done any of this without the support of numerous donors, foundations, partners, sponsors, creatives, families, and our community. Thank you! Here's to a creative 2022!

To donate, click 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!