(Press release)

AURORA, Colo. – Living legend, Alice Lee Main, will be in attendance and surrounded by friends, family and community leaders on February 26 when Mayor Mike Coffman declares the forthcoming March 8 in her honor.

March 8 holds special significance to the community of Aurora, as it was that day in 1985 when the newly restored Fox Movie Palace was reopened after being devastated by a fire, and dedicated by then‐ Mayor Dennis Champine, as the Aurora Fox Arts Center. Since that day 37 years ago, the Aurora Fox Arts Center has served its community as a live, performing arts venue.

“We would simply not be here, today, if it weren’t for Alice and her dedication to local arts,” says Aurora Fox executive producer, Helen R. Murray. “She is a champion for every single professional artist who has been employed at the Aurora Fox as a direct result of her Herculean task nearly four decades ago.”

Main’s philanthropic and creative influence, however, extends far beyond just the historic Fox Theater. Her commitment to the development of Aurora’s cultural community can be seen in many institutions enjoyed by arts lovers, today, including: Aurora’s Art in Public Places; the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame; the Aurora Singers and the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, both of which were founded by Main, herself; Aurora’s Historic Preservation Commission; Aurora Dance Arts; Aurora Children’s Theater; Aurora chapters of the American Association of University Women; and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

On February 26, 2022, Aurora’s Mayor Mike Coffman will be joined by representatives from many of those organizations, and more, for his “Alice Lee Main Day Proclamation.”

“It is important for communities to recognize their cultural heroes,” says Murray. “Alice has gone above and beyond for the people of Aurora and the surrounding areas. This proclamation will mean a great deal to every person who continues to benefit from Alice’s courage, vision and incredible dedication.”

To attend this free cultural celebration of Alice Lee Main, visit AuroraFox.org. The lobby will open at 2:00 p.m.; seating begins at 2:30 p.m.; and the mayor’s proclamation celebration will begin at 3:00 p.m.



Alice Lee Main was a long‐time employee for the city of Aurora and remains a stalwart member of the community. She has devoted the past four decades of her life to founding, supporting, and guiding arts and cultural organizations in Colorado and beyond. Among many other cultural accomplishments, Alice Lee Main founded the Aurora Symphony Orchestra and the Aurora Singers; was instrumental in the creation of the Aurora Women Sculptors of the Community, and the Aurora Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame; and spearheaded efforts to rebuild the Aurora Fox Arts Center, which to this day stands at the center of Aurora’s Cultural Arts District.


The Aurora Fox Arts Center is home to the award winning professional theatre company operated by the city of Aurora’s Cultural Services Division. The theatre is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association and includes two performance spaces. The Aurora Fox Arts Center is committed to diversity and inclusion in our selection of plays, our casting practices and our pursuit of theatrical innovation.