Arts and Culture

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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.

2017 Mayor's Awards for the Arts

The City of Evanston and the Evanston Arts Council are now accepting nominations for individuals or arts organizations who have accomplished something exceptional artistically, or in terms of equity, empowerment and accessibility in the arts in Evanston. Submit your Mayor's Awards for the Arts nomination online by Wednesday, January 31 at 5 p.m. The awards will be given out at the 4th Annual Bright Night for the Arts event on March 8, 2018.

Evanston Arts Council

All roads lead to the Arts Council when it comes to the Cultural Arts in Evanston. The Evanston Arts Council is a volunteer board that is committed to working to make Evanston the most artful city for our residents, our visitors - for everyone! The Council is here to be a sounding board for new ideas, promote programs, review projects, and provide funds for exemplary ideas. It is responsible for dispersing the Cultural Fund Grants as well as hosting various events throughout year to foster the arts community and its connections. The members are committed to focus on advocacy, business and economic development, and collaboration. 

Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. in room 2404 of the Morton Civic Center,  2100 Ridge Avenue. Please check the calendar or Arts Council webpage for updates

For more information on the Arts Council's activities and membership, visit the Arts Council's webpage, which inclules their Agendas & Minutes.  


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If you have any questions or are in need of more information, please contact:

Jennifer Lasik
Cultural Arts Coordinator