Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Evanston boasts one of the largest and most diverse arts communities in the state. Not only are the arts celebrated often, there are abundant opportunities to get involved in the arts here in Evanston.

Awards for the Arts

The Arts & Business Committee of the Evanston Arts Council will present their 7th Annual Leadership Award at the Annual State of the City Address and luncheon.The award is designed to honor Evanston for-profit businesses. The 2014 luncheon will be held on Friday, March 7.
Nomination form and more information

The next Mayor's Award for the Arts will be presented in fall 2014 on a date to be announced. Nominations will be accepted soon. For updates, please call 847-448-8260 or subscribe to the "Arts News in Evanston" eNewsletter at


aerial photo of lakeshore arts festivalSummer Festivals

Interested in attending a summer arts festival? There are four terrific festivals in Evanston! Updates for 2014 are posted here.



BackStage Evanston

Lakeside_Singers_web.jpgThe fourth annual BackStage Evanston event provided a sneak peek of upcoming performances from local arts organizations. Backstage Evanston was held from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Northwestern University’s Ethel M. Barber Theater. Click here for 2013 information.

Presented by the Arts & Business Committee of the Evanston Arts Council and the City of Evanston, BackStage Evanston is a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in music, theatre and dance. Each year, participating organizations present a five-minute performance and offer discounted tickets to their new season's performances. These discounts are offered only that day at BackStage Evanston! Entrance vouchers are redeemable for a special offer of equal value from any participating organization. Thus, the event is actually free of charge. For more information, please call the City of Evanston Cultural Arts Division at 847-448-8260.

Get the Buzz

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Be on Stage

If you are interested in performing at a City of Evanston summer concert or festival, please send your demo to:
Program Manager - Cultural Arts Division, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

The Cultural Arts Division can be reached at 847-448-8260 or