About Evanston Made

Evanston is a town filled with artists and art lovers.

Talent and passion are everywhere in this city of 75k just north of Chicago. We believe the world should know about Evanston’s artists and we’re determined to make that happen. Evanston Made became a membership organization in 2019 and has created a network of creative people sharing their vision. We now produce year-round events, exhibitions, social events, and workshops. We intend to keep artists and the public in the know about everything artsy in Evanston.

Evanston Made began in 2012 with an Artist Studio Tour. The Tour has grown to include the Evanston Made Group Show at Evanston Arts Center (the largest event of the year at the EAC!), the Evanston Made Pop Up Show and Evanston Made Kids!

We invite artists to become members of Evanston Made so they have access to all our programming and information. We invite the public to consider becoming a Partner or Patron member so they can play a direct part in developing the arts in Evanston and beyond.

A Statement of Solidarity Against Racism from Evanston Made

As a young nonprofit, we are still defining how Evanston Made will be a social and racial justice advocate in our community, but we want to make it clear: We stand against racism. We stand with our nonprofit partners and grassroots community activators who work directly in causes that are at the epicenter of the fight against racial injustice, and we are committed to working within our sphere of influence toward equity-centered solutions.  Together, we can alter the actions and attitudes that have allowed injustice to continue, and work to create the systemic and cultural change we need to move into a safer, healthier, more equitable world. 

We believe that artists are social-change communicators.They have the tools to promote conversations about race and racism in ways that help people understand, act, and support solutions that advance equity. Artists help us to imagine a world that is more just and inclusive while learning from our past — and present — mistakes and failures. Evanston Made is committed to elevating the voices in our community that speak out against racism and to promoting the work that advances social and racial justice. 

Commitment 

We believe that Evanston Made should meet and exceed The 15 Percent Pledge to have 15% of our members be Black, Brown, Indigenous People of Color. Currently we have 310 members, 5% are BIPOC. We have work to do. 

As we aim to address racial equity in all aspects of our organization we also pledge not to burden our current BIPOC members to do the heavy lifting of outreach and recruitment. Our board will actively connect with individuals and partner with community organizations to raise equity awareness and grow our BIPOC artist membership.

In addition, we will not employ “bandaid" solutions to equity and inclusion, but instead will look into how we can break down social and economic barriers and not perpetuate systemic racism in our organization.