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Advancing the Environmental Sciences and the Arts

Our programs have impacted over 5.9 million people since 1973, unlocking the potential of generations of young people through art and science. The Sun Foundation is the only organization of its kind developing the creativity of young people in Central Illinois. Donate today to ensure that millions more children have the opportunity to discover and explore the wonders of art and science.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Save the Date

Winter Warming Children’s Benefit
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Community Arts Access Grants
Application deadline: February 1, 2020
Apply today

Clean Water Celebration
April 26–27, 2020
Now accepting presenter applications →

Art & Science in the Woods
June 8–June 12, 2020


Art & Science in the Woods


Learn and have fun in nature's classroom during our five day summer camp, featuring courses in survival arts, physics, sculpture, videography, insects, dance, and so much more! 



Number of students who attended in 2019, with 120 students receiving full financial scholarships.

Donate today to provide an experience for a child in need →


Clean Water Celebrations



Number of students, teachers, and community members who participated in the 27th Clean Water Celebration.

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The largest event of its kind in the world, at our Clean Water Celebration students learn how to make a difference by protecting water—our most precious resource. Our celebration is free and open to the public, taking place at the Peoria Civic Center every spring.


Community Arts Access Grants


The Sun Foundation,  in collaboration with the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, awards Community Art Access Grants each year to schools, libraries, community artists and art groups.



Grant amount awarded to schools, arts organizations, and community groups throughout Woodford, Bureau, Marshall, and Stark counties in 2019.

Provide a gift to support the arts in our local community →


Art & Nature Center


5.9 million

Number of people whose lives have been touched by the Sun Foundation programing, regranting, artist residencies, lectures, conferences, performances, and more.

Help us touch the next million lives by supporting our programs →

The Sun Foundation Art and Nature Center offers exciting, hands-on programs and activities throughout the year. From amphibian adventures to bow-making classes, there's fun for all ages!


What Our Community is Saying

Not only does the Sun Foundation foster hands on and interactive learning and care for the arts and sciences, but it is taught by world-class scientists and artists in amazing settings.
— Shae B.
The Sun Foundation has warmed the hearts of millions of people and children in central Illinois during its 40 plus years.
— Doug L.
The true value of the Sun Foundation is found in the inspiration, joy, and mind-opening experiences for children who have the opportunity to learn from professional artists and scientists.
— Eileen L.

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