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Ridgeville Arts and Craft Market – Weds. June 29

June 29, July 27, August 31- 3:30-7pm

Support local artists with unique products right here in Evanston. Shop for one of a kind jewelry, paper creations, toys and more! Along with our weekly Farmers’ Market, artists and crafters will set up shop on these days to share their work. Click here to learn more!

Photo Voice: Dialogue & Presentation – Weds. June 29


Dialogue and Presentation

Wednesday June 29, 5-7pm

Evanston Art Center


Submit a snapshot of the community you represent or photos of community members participating in visual arts programs to the Evanston Art Center. These photos will serve as the lead topic during this group discussion about community arts efforts. Photo Voice aims to combine positive social change and visual arts to enhance and empower communities through documentary photography.

This conversation about the role of arts programming in Evanston will feature multidisciplinary artist Pedro Velez, a member of the EAC’s Society! Artwork-In-Residence.  A survey distributed during the event will help the Evanston Art Center to improve our public programs and future outreach efforts.

This event is open to all ages and levels of photography experience.

Food and drink will be provided.

Submissions can be emailed to by June 29, 1pm.

Fountain Square Arts Festival – June 25 & 26

37th Annual Fountain Square Art Festival
June 25, 2016June 26, 2016
Now celebrating its 37th year, Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago’s majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 200 juried artists, this sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like “cosmopolitan” and “sophistication.”

Noon – The Flat Cats
3:00 p.m. – Chris Greene Quartet
5:00 p.m. – The Hat Guys
7:00 p.m. – Trippin Billies
Noon – Joe Policastro Trio
3:00 p.m. – Classical Blast

Custer St. Fair – June 18 & 19

Head to Chicago Ave. and Main St. this weekend for Custer Fair! The free festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, and will include more than 30 food vendors, three stages of live entertainment, local and regional artists, and plenty of fun activities for the whole family!

The Arts Circle @ Northwestern – Sat. June 4

The Arts Circle is your destination for the arts at Northwestern.

Join us on June 4th for a daylong series of exhibitions and performances featuring: Trisha Brown Dance Company performing Roof Piece on top of the buildings around the arts lawn, the inflation of Otto Piene’s sculpture Grand Rapids Carousel, a Cello Happening with more than 150 cellists, Tea Project by Aaron Hughes and Amber Ginsburg, an audio storytelling showcase with professional Foley artists, the Art Theory and Practice MFA Thesis Exhibit: Lake Cream, the Block Museum’s exhibition A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s, and special appearances by The Actors Gymnasium.

For more information, visit

Evanston Made – June 3 & 4

Evanston Made

Evanston Made is a month-long celebration of the arts in Evanston designed to create opportunities for artists to engage with the community. (and vice versa)  Art studios, galleries, museums and businesses throughout Evanston will show works by Evanston creatives June 3-30.

  • Evanston Made’s artist studio tour is June 4, 12-5 p.m.. Maps for the studio tour will be available online and at participating venues.
  • The Evanston Art Center hosts the group show and exhibit “Evanston Made”, June 3-30, featuring works by Evanston creatives. Opening reception is June 3, 5-8 p.m.
  • Participating venues will show works by Evanston creatives June 3 – 30
  • The Pop Up Gallery and Store at Evanston Art Center,  June 3-30, features works by Evanston creatives. The store is located in the lobby of the Evanston Art Center.
  • Evanston Made Kids! June 4, 11a-4 Evanston Art Center, celebrates young Evanston artists and their families with a day of FREE fun & creativity!

YEA! Young Evanston Arts Festival – Sat. May 21

29th Young Evanston Artists Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2016

10 am – 4 pm

Raymond Park at Chicago Ave. & Lake St.
RAIN LOCATION: Roycemore School, 1200 Davis St.

Tentative Schedule:
4 a.m In the dark of the morning on YEA! Day, a small group of volunteers can be seen loading display panels off a U-Haul truck and placing them at designated school locations.

6 a.m. A volunteer crew arrives and four teams put up all the panels in preparation for the teachers.

7 a.m. Another volunteer group arrives to blow up balloons and tie them on parking meters, lampposts and trees.

7:30 a.m. House of Rental arrives

8 a.m. Teachers arrive with art work to set up their schools’ presentation

8 a.m. Volunteers arrive to set up the Silent Auction

8 a.m. A crew arrives to set up the sound system for the performing arts

9 a.m. Volunteers arrive to set up the YEA! booths where baseball hats, t-shirts, tattoos, snacks and refreshments are sold

10 a.m. Crowds arrive. We have ignition and lift off: YEA! Day explodes with excitement and enthusiasm

4 p.m. The YEA! festival comes to a close and is dismantled piece by piece by all of the teachers and volunteers. But the YEA! program, itself, continues…influencing school arts programs throughout the year.

Student Art Gallery Event – Fri. May 6


Bird Cycle – Sat. April 23


Open Studio Project


Spring Classes at Gather

Spring 2016 Registered Classes

We are so excited to bring you an amazing collection of enriching classes spanning the visual arts, movement, music making, and the culinary arts. Check out our incredible line up for the Spring and call 847-859-2312 or follow the links below to register.

  • I heart Art: Collage & Construction with Angela 
  • Super Soccer Stars: Kick & Play
  • Super Soccer Stars (2-3 year olds)
  • Fun with Food! with Mamata

More information and registration

Painting Class with Pizza & Ice Cream – Sun. Feb. 21

Come Join us for Sunday Fun-day at Maggiano’s Little Italy!

We will be hosting a kids fabric painting class with instructor Shari Pontillo. They will be painting tote bags using fruits & vegetables, supplies will be available.

For ages 5-12, must be accompanied by an adult.

Cheese Pizza
Lorenza’s Sundae Bar
Cash Bar

Reserve Your Spot

Class instructed by:

Twisted Fiber Studio

Maggiano’s Little Italy – 4999 Old Orchard Shopping Center Skokie, IL 60077 

Hackstudio Spring Registration is Open

Hackstudio offers a ten-week program, April 4 – June 2, designed to help individuals discover and pursue their dreams – and get them DONE. Learn more about our program on our website at

Click here to register now!

GOALed Gallery Seeks Young Artists

GOALed Gallery holiday sale

The GOALed Gallery program is seeking young artists ages 13 to 21 who would like to sell their arts and crafts. Local young artists and crafters will sell their work at the City of Evanston’s Indoor Farmers Market, which is held at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., in Evanston. The GOALed Gallery will operate on the following dates:February 20; March 5 and 26; and April 2, 16 and 30. Artists selected may choose the dates that they will sell their work.

Young artists should send their contact information and photos of their work to The program’s goal is for young artists to sell their work, network with other artists, and learn about entrepreneurship. GOALed Gallery also has a booth at the Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, which will be held August 6-7, 2016.

The program is managed by the City of Evanston’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. For more information about the program, please contact Angela Allyn at 847-448-8263.

Scatter Love Card Making Event – Sat. Feb. 13

Create inspiring cards with motivational messages!
Join us at Chiropractic First
1609 Chicago Ave,
on Sat. Feb. 13
from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
for crafting and  creating loving cards.

Create a card, or several, and then scatter the crafted cards in public spaces to be found by the people who need your message the most.

Come hang out with Dr. Meggie of Chiropractic First and Lindy Stockton of The Collage Cafe. Laughter, fun, and scattering love…. it doesn’t get any better.

Suitable for all ages and all skill levels. Event is free and open to the public. The event is offered in conjunction with for the Downtown Evanston Show the Love event.

D65 Digital Backpack – Week of Feb. 3

District 65 Digital Backpack
The Digital Backpack includes flyers and announcements from Community organizations that have been approved by District 65.  Click on each event for more information:

Sewing Summer Camps

Register before April 1st and receive 20% off all camps.

Monday through Friday from 9am-noon. Unless stated, camps include all materials and assume no prior knowledge of sewing.

Most camps are $200 with the exception of the short session from July 6-8 and the Pajama Pants camp.

June 13-17 Basic Machine Sewing $200 Ages 8-12: Learn the basics and make an array of fun projects.

June 20-24 Pajama Pants $190 Ages 11-15: For the teen and tween set. This is a great introduction to garment sewing. We’ll take a field trip to Vogue Fabrics on the first day and purchase supplies for the project (campers are welcome to purchase studio fabric at 15% discount). The rest of the week will be spent taking measurements, plotting the pattern and, of course, sewing! We’ll learn how to prepare fabric and square it for cutting, how to sew French seams and encase elastic, among other skills. Campers will leave with a re-usable custom pattern. Campers will need to bring $25 on the first day to go shopping at Vogue–there will be change!

June 27-July 1 Patchwork $200 Ages 8-12: We’ll make a mini-quilt using charm squares and all-cotton batting and backing fabric. Each camper will learn how to arrange, piece together and line or hand quilt their piece. Time-permitting, a second project introducing another kind of patchwork will be made in this camp.

July 6-8 Basic Machine Sewing $120 Ages 8-12: Another chance to learn the basics of sewing during a short week.

July 11-15 Hand Crafting $200 Ages 8-12: Maybe a sewing machine isn’t your thing–we can still make lots of fun items with our hands! Projects may include: French Knitting, Koi Kites, Weaving, Dream Catchers, Friendship Bracelets and other super- fun and cute items. Uses new and recycled materials.

July 18-22 Dolls $200 Ages 9-13 (with prior sewing experience, please): Handmade dolls are about the sweetest things ever. Each camper will learn the process of basic doll-making including how to hand-embroider the face and how to make and apply yarn hair. Campers will need prior sewing experience, to include a camp, class or other sewing experience to get the most out of this camp.

July 25-29 Softies and Mobiles $200 Ages 8-12: Sew fish to make a mobile, then make an Owl, Hen or Ugly Doll. Uses new and recycled materials. We’ll talk about balance and design as well.

**Please note that camps with less than 50% enrollment by June 1 may be cancelled and a full refund given.

Evanston Stitchworks
906 Sherman Ave. Evanston, IL 60202
(773) 320 – 5802

YOUTIME – Thurs. Jan. 14

You deserve some YOUTIME!

Thursday, January 14 – 7:30 – 9:00 pm
“Artificial Turf”
1610 Payne Street in Evanston

$20 fee includes wine, sweets and a fun evening with friends!

Art Encounter is excited to launch a new program series called YOUTIME, where you and your friends can enjoy a glass of wine and join us for engaging conversations around contemporary art. For our first YOUTIME program, we will visit an exciting new gallery in Evanston that features the artwork of eleven local female artists. We will discuss a mix of art including glass mosaics, photography, collage and drawing.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get out for the evening and discover new ways of seeing.

Featured artists: Robin Carlson, Karen Connell, Dana DeAno, Vanessa Filley, Ellen Greene, Suzy Halpin, Heather Hancock, Laura Husar Garcia, Jessica Jacobs, Maggie Meiners, and Julianne Von Kunhardt

All proceeds from this event go toward Art Encounter’s art education work in Evanston and Chicago area schools!

Here is the link to sign-up –

For more information contact:
Leslie Luning
Art Encounter
Membership and Program Manager
847-328-9222 office, Mondays and Thursdays
847-533-3000 cell

MLK Day Events in Evanston – Jan. 16-26

Saturday, January 16
Day of Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
12 p.m. at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.
Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through music, dance and excerpts from his speeches. The day promises to be inspiring and entertaining, with many special guest artists and esteemed speakers. Admission is free and open to the public.

Sunday, January 17
MLK Day Event with Insight Arts
1-2:15 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, Community Meeting Room (First Floor), 1703 Orrington Ave.
The Evanston Art Center and Insight Arts join in a program dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr.

“11 Months” Wrap Up Celebration
3 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, Community Meeting Room (First Floor), 1703 Orrington Ave.
“11 Months” of speakers, films, play readings and author talks, all focused on African American culture in the US concludes on Sun., Jan. 18. Please join us for a celebratory finale, with food from Curt’s Cafe, August Wilson scene readings from the theatre community, and a special performance by Evanston’s own S.O.U.L. Creations. We will also salute and thank all of the wonderful speakers and performers who helped make this past year so special.

To register for the event, call 847-448-8620 or click here >>>

Monday, January 18
Day of Service
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Northwestern University
Northwestern students will engage in a variety of service projects throughout Evanston and Chicago area. During lunch students will have the opportunity to reflect over their experience.

Diverse Communities United – Realizing King’s Vision Today
1:00-2:30 p.m. at Evanston Township High School
Join us for Y.O.U.’s 10th annual Diverse Communities United (DCU), a celebration of peace, diversity, unity, leadership, and service held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event will feature artistic performances by youth from 11 schools across Evanston and Skokie who seek to realize Dr. King’s vision today.

The event is free, family-friendly and open to all ages. A community reception will be held in the lobby outside of the auditorium immediately following the program, showcasing youth artwork.

MLK Day Celebration Movies: Martin’s Big Words and March On!
1:30-2 p.m & 2:15-2:45 the Evanston Public Library, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (First Floor), 1703 Orrington Ave.

“Martin’s Big Words,” by Doreen Rappaport

Using quotes from some of his beloved speeches, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. comes to life in this profound and important biography about beliefs and dreams and following one’s heart.

“March On!” by Dr. Christine King Farris

In celebration of the of the March On Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sister presents a personal, stirring account of the remarkable day Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, and of the man who went on to inspire a nation.

Presence Saint Francis Hospital Celebrates the Legacy of MLK
2 p.m. at the Presence Saint Francis Hospital auditorium, 355 Ridge Ave.
Rev. Mark A. Dennis, Jr. will discuss the cultural significance of King’s contributions and achievements, and the impact it has made in the 21st century. Soprano soloist Brenda Marie Turner will sing inspiring songs.

MLK Day Program
3 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, Children’s Room (First Floor), 1703 Orrington Ave.
Join us to remember and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Rev. Eddie Reeves’ moving interpretation of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

Campus Observance: Candlelight Vigil
7 p.m. at Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Rd.

Student Oratorical Contest 
Time: 4:00 p.m., Norris University Center’s McCormick Auditorium (1999 Campus Drive)
Three Northwestern undergraduate finalists will recite their orations inspired by MLK, with entertainment between orations. The winner will have the opportunity to recite their oration at the MLK commemoration keynote event on January 25th at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Please see the Oratorical Contest page for more information on contest guidelines.

Monday, January 26
Campus Observance: Keynote Speaker Diane Nash
6 p.m. at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Dr.
Join us for this University-wide observance featuring music and performances by Northwestern student groups and a keynote address delivered by civil rights and peace activist Diane Nash. Sign language interpreted event.

For other Northwestern University events, click here >>>

Mitchell Museum Animal Arts & Seasonal Stories

The Mitchell Museum offers enhanced weekly programming for the entire family with its expanded tour schedule and relaunched weekend craft program that now includes a story-time component.

“Animal Arts and Seasonal Stories” will feature different animals each month that are significant to various tribes throughout North America. In addition, every Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon a docent will lead a Spotlight Tour focusing on a different theme that also rotates monthly.

“Animal Arts & Seasonal Stories” takes place on Saturdays from 11:00-noon and Sundays from 12:30-1:30. Animal arts activities are recommended for children ages 5 and up, but there is no minimum age requirement. Activities will be offered at varying levels of difficulty and interest to engage the entire family. Spotlight Tours are every Saturday morning from 10:30-11am and Wednesday afternoon from 4:00-4:30pm. Both programs are free with regular admission. Participants must be accompanied by an adult.  No pre-registration is necessary. The winter/spring schedule is as follows:


  • Animal Arts & Seasonal Stories: Snowy Owl/ Stories from the Far North
  • Snow Goggles, Snowy Owl Puppets and Doll crafts for all ages
  • Spotlight Tour: Dolls and Toys


  • Animal Arts & Seasonal Stories: Coyote/ Winter on the Northern Plains Stories
  • Coyote Puppet, Howling Coyote, and Star Quilt crafts for all ages
  • Spotlight Tour: Materials in Fashion


  • Animal Arts & Seasonal Stories: Porcupine/ Stories from When the Ice Breaks Up
  • Porcupine Puppet, Quill Boxes, and Maple Sap Basket crafts for all ages
  • Spotlight Tour: Pottery


  • Animal Arts & Seasonal Stories: Bear/ Stories from Spring Awakenings
  • Bear Puppet, Bear Fetish and Fish Decoy crafts for all ages
  • Spotlight Tour: Jewelry

“Animal Arts & Seasonal Stories” programming, as well as Spotlight Tours, are designed to be a fun and informative way to enhance the educational component of our visitor’s museum experience as we strive to fulfill our mission to promote and share a deeper understanding and respect of Native American peoples.

For more information about The Mitchell Museum of The American Indian, visit The museum is located in Evanston, Illinois at 3001 Central Street.