Evanston Arts Council awards $70,000 to local arts programs | Pro Club Bd

EVANSTON, IL – The Evanston Arts Council has awarded $70,000 in increments of up to $5,000 to 20 local arts programs.

This year’s grant budget more than doubled that of previous years, with the city’s $30,000 contribution supplemented by $30,000 in grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and $10,000 from the Illinois Arts Council City employees.

The council, a mayor-appointed 12-member body reporting to Evanston City Council’s Human Services Committee, received 34 applications this year from individual artists, organizations and community arts groups – the most in the program’s history.

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“Our arts organizations and artists have been incredibly imaginative and determined, keeping the arts alive and lifting our spirits over the past few years,” said Arts Council Chair Toby Sachs after applications opened in February. “The Arts Council is pleased to have secured these NEA funds and to provide significant financial support to help the arts continue to thrive in Evanston.”

The application guidelines stipulate that the funding must be spent by the end of June 2023, with the final reports due at the end of the following month.

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In addition to the Evanston Arts Council Cultural Arts Fund bursary, the city offers grants of up to $1,000 for special arts projects. Applications are continuous and renewable, but not more than once a year.

Scholarship recipients from the Kulturfonds 2022, descriptions


Open the Studio project
To support art therapy based arts programs at their new studio in Evanstons Fifth Ward.

Northlight Theater
In support of SPEAK UP!: THEATER FOR SOCIAL CHANGE, which works in partnership with ETHS’ AVID programme.

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theater
Assisting in the production of a new piece with music REFUGE, co-created by Satya Jnani Chávez and Andrew Rosendorf.

Cross-border music
We Walk: A Celebration of Black Community in partnership with the Haitian American Museum of Chicago.

Music Institute of Chicago
Two projects to engage the Evanston Latino community, including Celebración de la Música Latinoamericana.


Mudlark Theater
In support of Story Quest, a literary and dramatic arts program for black youth held at the library.

The acting school
The return of the annual winter circus celebrating our humanity as only circus and live storytelling can

Mitchell Museum of the Indians
Supporting royalties for local artists collaborating in virtual discussions and in-person workshops.

Claudia Renteria
A theater project with the community group of women recovering from domestic violence “Las Promotoras”.

Melissa Raman Molitor
In support of the Kitchen Table Stories exhibition at the Evanston Art Center and the 2023 Umbrella Arts Festival.


Mathew Rappaport
To highlight the work of experimental video artists from underrepresented backgrounds in Evanston at Side/Lot.


art encounter
A new collaboration with Dawes Elementary School in the 8th Precinct to create a mosaic and painted mural.

Yeefah Thurman and Lisa Reitman
An artist residency for middle school students about the cross-cultural affinity between Yanga, Mexico and Evanston

Piven Theater Workshop
In support of Piven empowerment and enrichment theater programs and options for college success.

Evanston Art Center
Support the Curatorial Fellow Program, which honors and highlights the voices of people of color in our community.

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association
continuing their partnership with D65’s early childhood education programmes; Music in your world and projection.

Haitian community organization
To support the annual Evanston Haitian Community Festival and celebrate their culture in music and dance.

Evanston In-School Music Association
To support the cost of their two free community concerts in neighborhoods often underserved by the arts.


The musical offer
To support the programming of her “Women Composers Performance and Composition Series”.


North Shore Choral Society
For an artist residency at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center and free intergenerational workshops.

Grant Descriptions of the City of Evanston

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