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Friday, August 28, 2015

One State Together in the Arts Conference

Keynote Announced!

Internationally acclaimed visual artist Kerry James Marshall and award-winning actor/writer/director Cheryl Lynn Bruce will keynote the One State Together in the Arts conference this September 28 & 29 in Evanston.

Cheryl and KerryAn arts power couple, they are collaborators who are also known individually for their work investigating urgent issues of equity, opportunity, and justice. Kerry uses painting, sculptural installations, collage, video, and photography to comment on the history of black identity. Cheryl has performed with Writers Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Missouri Repertory, and more. In addition to her role as an actor, she is also an educator and director, who’s developed projects around the lives of historically significant black artists and scholars.
Register today to hear what Kerry and Cheryl have to say about the power of the arts to expand the reach of opportunity and help communities flourish here in Illinois and across the globe.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Swing Set Drum Kit at Streets Alive Evanston

Be sure to stop by Streets Alive on September 13 on Main Street and Chicago in Evanston and make some music on Dave Ford's Swing Set Drum Kit musical art installation!

Sunday, September 13th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Main Street from Crown Park to Hinman Avenue

Sherman.longStreets Alive is an “open” streets event, one of the most potent developments in the livable cities movement.Livability means healthy citizens and a healthier environment for Evanston. Streets Alive and other open streets events close streets to motorized traffic in order to open them to walking, jogging, bicycling, dancing, skateboarding and more. Streets Alive create new public space where everyone can freely enjoy culture and community, and try out healthy, green forms of transportation.

Evanston Art Center Winter Arts & Craft Explo

Sat, 11/21/2015 (All day) - Sun, 12/20/2015 (All day)

The Evanston Art Center’s Winter Arts & Crafts Expo is one of the largest and most celebrated craft shows in the Chicago area. The 13th annual Expo features original, handmade arts and crafts by over 100 selected artisans, featuring original, handmade works of jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal, glass, painting, photography, mixed-media, and more.

2015 Winter Expo Calendar
Application Deadline  Postmarked by September 28, 2015

Inventory Drop-off
November 14 and 15, 9am–5 pm; November 16, 9am–9pma

Preview Party
November 20, 6–9pm; $30 in advance, $35 at the door

General Shopping
November 21–December 20
Mon. – Sat. 10am – 4pm, Sun. 10am – 4pm

Inventory Pick-up
December 21, 22 & 23, 9am–9pm

847.475.5300 x109

Ready to apply
Fill out an online form HERE or

CLICK HERE for an application to print.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Midwest Clay Guild Open House & Sale This Weekend

Open House & Sale this Saturday! 12-5 - one day only. 

Midwest Clay Guild is a collection of ceramic artists, painters and stained glass artists 

1601 Payne St, Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 475-9697

Hackstudio Open House!

You're Invited: Sept. 8 Hackstudio Open House 

Wondering what in the world is happening at Hackstudio at 2510 Green Bay Road in Evanston? Hackstudio is a studio where kids 8-18, can do ANYTHING they set their minds to.

You're invited to come see the space, meet the team and learn about this amazing program for kids launching this fall in Evanston. Join us anytime Tuesday, Sept. 8, 6:00 - 9:00 pm., for refreshments and a behind-the-scenes look at 16,000 square feet of creative space!

Click here to read more about Hackstudio 

Click here to read the Hackstudio newsletter



I'm totally the Engagement Director at Hackstudio, which is why it's all I seem to be talking about these days! 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Swing Set Drum Kit at Lake Shore Arts Festival

This weekend see Swing Set Drum Kit by Dave Ford at the Lake Shore Arts Festival 

August 1-2, 2015

Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
Free admission.
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Since 1973, the City of Evanston has presented the annual Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival. The festival takes place the first weekend in August on Evanston's stunning, historic lakefront.
The festival showcases fine art by over 100 artists in 11 categories. While browsing and buying the artwork, you can listen to live jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, rock, baroque and indie pop music. Be sure to make a bid or two at the Silent Art Auction, and bring your children or grandchidren to the popular Children's Craft Tent. The festival hosts eleven restauranteurs serving a variety of culinary delights. Admission is free.
For more information, please call 847-448-8264.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Meet Mayor Morton

Mayor Morton

Calling All Mayor Morton Fans! 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Evanston history buffs and political enthusiasts, spend an evening with former Mayor Morton on Saturday, August 1, 2015 beginning at 7pm at 27 Live – Upstairs, 1012 Church Street in Downtown Evanston. There is a $10 cover charge. 

Ben Hollis of Wild Chicago will interview the legendary former Mayor of Evanston, like you have never seen or heard before. It’s live, it’s local and in-person. This event is not to be missed. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Multiple Emmy Winning Ben Hollis (WTTW's Wild Chicago) will engage The Honorable Mayor in a lively, no-holds- barred conversation that you can only experience by being here IN PERSON.
It's What's It Like to be You, Evanston? -- the spontaneous storytelling event hailed by the Chicago Tribune as bringing "Big laughs and endless surprise...No one can sit through such a show and not get a feel for the vulnerabilities and strengths of those who participate."
Ben will also interview a few lucky audience volunteers. Come early to make your pitch to Ben should you want to tell your story!

To view special happenings in downtown Evanston go to

This event is accessible via public transit. To get to downtown Evanston take the CTA Purple Line “el” to Davis or the Metra to the Davis stop.