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- Noyes Cultural Arts Center
- One State Arts Conference
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The Noyes Cultural Arts Center (NCAC) is a unique model of a community’s commitment to art as a vital social, historical and economic component of the rich fabric called a community.
Designed as an elementary school by renowned architect Daniel Burnham in 1892 and expanded under the direction of Lawrence Perkins in 1949, the NCAC exemplifies Evanston’s unique architectural heritage and has been awarded landmark status.
The NCAC supports the creation and presentation of work by artists who strive for excellence and innovation in their work and are committed to reaching the diverse audiences of Evanston, the North Shore and metropolitan Chicago. It offers subsidized work space in the form of studios, office and rehearsal space and a 190 seat theatre to individual artists, performance groups and arts organizations.
In 1980, the City of Evanston and a galvanized community set forth a matching campaign to refurbish the aging school as a community arts center, and in doing so, created a national role model for innovative structural recycling. The result is 28 individual artists and arts organizations that daily bring to the NCAC the spirit of creative excellence and artistic exploration. Resident artists are carefully selected by a review panel to ensure a mix of disciplines and must meet critical standards of artistic excellence as well as prove commitment to the NCAC community of artists and the community of Evanston. In exchange for below-market rental rates, each resident artist participates in community service, a vehicle by which community members gain access to high-quality arts programming.
The NCAC has gained national attention for its innovative approach to bringing first-rate arts programming to a community and has played a pivotal role in Evanston becoming the “city of the arts.” More importantly, however, the NCAC is a leader in making art a vital component of the fabric of daily life for all Evanstonians.
Noyes Cultural Arts Center
927 Noyes St. Evanston, IL 60201
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 7pm
Sunday: 10am - 6pm
Let's Talk @ Lunch
1st Ward Meeting
Zoning Board of Appeals
Evanston Property Tax Assistance
Design and Project Review Committee
- Youth Encouraged to Audition for Evanston Children's Theatre's "The Cell Phone Rings for Thee" on Sept. 3 & 5
- Evanston's Tater Tot Theatre Company Will Host Auditions for Local Youth on September 2 & 4
- Artists throughout Illinois Come Together for One State Together in the Arts Conference in Evanston
- Capture the Beauty of Your Favorite Tree in the 2nd Annual "I Heart Evanston Trees" Art Contest
- Attend the Final Two Performances of FJT's Hit Play, "Maya's Last Poem," August 22 & 23