The family of Allison Cress has established an endowed memorial fund with the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS). The Allison Cress Endowment for Art Education empowers students in further developing their creativity and artistic skills by supporting the art education program at Hempstead High School.
Allison Cress passed away from cancer on June 5, 2017 – two days after graduating from Hempstead High School. According to Allison’s mother Holly and her stepfather Rafic Sinno, “Allison truly appreciated art; it was her lens into the world. Art brought together her interest in storytelling, history, sociology, and psychology. Her enduring commitment to art is reflected through the many notebooks, sketchbooks, paintings, and art pieces she created and exhibited.
The Allison Cress Endowment for Art Education is a permanent fund, invested with FDPS’ partner agency, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. Donations are eligible for the Endow Iowa 25% State Tax Credit, and the annual earnings will be used to provide grants in support of the visual arts program at Hempstead High School now, and forever.