The City of Evanston is partnering with the Evanston Community Foundation, the Evanston Arts Council, and a consultant to seek resident input on a "Roadmap for the Arts" in the community. The 16-month process, which will include public listening sessions, an online survey, stakeholder interviews, and focus groups, is starting out by seeking perspectives on arts and culture from community members, including artists, patrons, business professionals, parents, and students. Five public "listening sessions" are scheduled:
An online survey is also scheduled to available September 20 through October 7 at www.evanstarts.org.
The arts have faced challenge in recent City budgets, with proposals including selling the mansion that currently houses the Evanston Arts Center and shuttering the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.