Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


2041 DELMAR AVEGRANITE CITY, IL 62040 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The goal of Alfresco Productions, today as it has always been, is to create, stimulate, and perpetuate the arts.


Alfresco Productions began modestly in 2009 when Brenda Whitaker started hosting outdoor events in the garden of her business The Garden Gate Tea Room. ​ With Brenda’s experiences in several art forms and her background as a steelworker she understands the importance of both a strong industrial base and the arts to a community. What followed was the formation of such programs as: The Melting Pot - A European style open-air market showcasing a wide array of artisans and vendors. (The name was chosen for Granite City’s beginnings and it’s rich ethnic diversity.) The Six Mile Sculpture Work (Before Granite City was Granite City it was known as Six-Mile) - This exciting one-week program brings artists from around the country to Granite City to make art! Art made from the same process that our steel industries use but on a more human scale. In 2012 The Alfresco Art Center became a reality. In this majestic structure all of the arts, performing and visual, can be experienced. We of Alfresco Productions aren’t creating these artistic and cultural events solely to be enjoyed today but rather to lay the groundwork and be enjoyed by the next generation as well.


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