About Us

Connecting to the community. It’s what we do at Aurora University. Neighbors, faculty, staff and students join together every year for the Celebrating Arts and Ideas series, creating a thriving environment for cultural enrichment in the Fox River Valley.

The Celebrating Arts and Ideas series began in 2006 when Aurora University President Rebecca Sherrick, a longtime champion of the arts, created the program to bring well-known speakers and entertainers to campus. The series has grown every year  and each event has been made available free of charge thanks to generous donors and sponsors. Audiences have been captivated by speakers such as Temple Grandin and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Ensembles, including Music of the Baroque and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, have performed on the Crimi Auditorium stage. Guests have attended wide-ranging art exhibits and impressive student theatrical and musical productions.

We invite you to join us on this intellectual and artistic journey. Whether you come to the Aurora campus to broaden your knowledge or to engage in the value of creative expression, we hope your experience provides a sense of community and inspires you to discover what matters and build your life around it.