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Aurora's art festival is spilling into a new territory

Artist Christopher Lucero at the 2021 Alley Art Festival.
Yvonne Boose
Artist Christopher Lucero at the 2021 Alley Art Festival.

A northern Illinois art festival is back for its 12th year Saturday Aug. 27, but the growth of the fair has pushed organizers to expand its territory.

Marissa Amoni is the manager of Aurora Downtown. Artists are usually lined up and down Water Street Mall for the Alley Art Festival. Amoni said it’s expanding to Downer Place, which is adjacent to the mall.

“We've really grown over the last dozen years. We have so many local artists, our arts and culture scene is just booming,” Amoni said. “So, we're excited to welcome more artists this year as well as food trucks and live music.”

Amoni said this year will also feature a nonprofit section so that the community can learn about services that are available to them.

The festival takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Maps are available at auroradowntown.org.

  • Yvonne Boose is a current corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project. It's a national service program that places talented journalists in local newsrooms like WNIJ. You can learn more about Report for America at wnij.org.
Yvonne covers artistic, cultural, and spiritual expressions in the COVID-19 era. This could include how members of community cultural groups are finding creative and innovative ways to enrich their personal lives through these expressions individually and within the context of their larger communities. Boose is a recent graduate of the Illinois Media School and returns to journalism after a career in the corporate world.