EvanstARTs to close survey on local arts experience

Jia You, Reporter

EvanstARTs, a joint community initiative to develop the arts in Evanston, will close its online survey on local arts experiences at midnight Monday.

The project is the first collaboration between the City of Evanston, the Evanston Community Foundation and the Evanston Arts Council to examine the arts scene in Evanston and identify economic opportunities in the arts, according to a city news release.

It aims to produce policy recommendations that will “foster a more dynamic and coordinated climate for the arts in Evanston for artists, the creative economy and the city’s residents,” according to the EvanstARTs website.

A 2005 study by the Evanston Community Foundation found that Evanston’s nonprofit creative community contributes about $25 million in direct economic benefits to the city and about $89 million in indirect benefits.

The first phase of the project, which began in September, consisted of five public hearings and the online survey to gather input on arts and culture in Evanston from community members, according to the EvanstARTs website. In the second phase, the project work group will develop a comprehensive, long-term plan to develop and integrate the arts into overall city planning efforts.

The project work group will share the preliminary findings and recommendations with the public at two open community meetings this month. It will release a complete study with policy and program recommendations in January, according to the news release.

— Jia You