New Exhibit Challenges Notions About Native Art

A new temporary exhibition at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston traces the evolution of Native American Art from ancient times to the present day while spotlighting some of the forces that shaped it.
Organized by the Mitchell Museum, "Changing Views of American Indian Fine Art" opened June 9 and will remain on view through Jan. 6, 2013.  The exhibit includes works from the Mitchell's permanent collection and on loan from private collectors.

YJC hosts employer recognition open house

The Youth Job Center hosted an Employer Recognition Event and Open House for its employer partners on Thursday.
Nearly 50 community members attended the open house to learn more about YJC employer services, programs, and volunteer opportunities.
YJC Employment Outreach Coordinator Jordan Burghardt also honored ETHS Nutrition Services, Starbucks, JC Penney, and Van Ru for their commitment to employing youth in their community.

Mitchell Museum offers summer crafts for kids

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston will offer special activities for youngsters June 6-8, the first days of summer break for students in Evanston/Skokie School District 65.
Kids can engage in do-it-yourself craft projects making simple versions of traditional Native American items including woven rugs, Northwest Coast masks, Plains shields, and Seminole patchwork. The crafts are recommended for children ages 5 and older. Participants must be accompanied by an adult.

District 65: Quantity vs Quality

I am well aware of the difficult budget climate in District 65, and I applaud our school board for serving the community at such a challenging time. There are only two answers to a budget crisis: take in more money, or spend less money. At some point, if the citizens of Evanston aren't able or willing to financially support the current school system, we need to make cuts in the services offered.

Speakers to Illuminate Native American Role in War of 1812

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian will mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812 with a presentation about the often-overlooked role of Native Americans in the conflict between the U.S. and Great Britain.
Frances L. Hagemann (Ojibwe-Métis), a past president of the Mitchell Museum board, and Barbara Johnson, a founding member of the museum's education task force, will present "Don't Know Much About the War of 1812" at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at the museum, 3001 Central St., Evanston.

Speaker to Sow Facts About Prairie Plants

Eli S. Suzukovich III (Little Shell Chippewa/Cree) will discuss indigenous prairie plants found in the Chicago area and their significance in Native American culture and the natural environment at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St., Evanston.
"Listeners will learn how to turn their own front and back yards into prairie ecosystems," Suzukovich says. "They'll leave with a greater appreciation for urban prairies and the urban forest."

Bach Week founders will reunite to open 39th annual festival

The 39th annual edition of the Chicago area's Bach Week Festival, where Baroque music lovers luxuriate in diverse works of Johann Sebastian Bach, will present a signature blend of solo, concerto, orchestral, and choral performances in concerts April 27, May 4, and May 6 in Evanston.
Audiences will hear some J.S. Bach works that have never before been performed at the festival.
"Bach to the Beginning"

Mitchell Museum to present native comedian

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston will stage its first-ever comedy show when it presents nationally headlining Native American comedian Marc Yaffee at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2012, at the Heartland Café, 7000 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago.

Northwestern Football Coach and Players Visit Kingsley Elementary School

Kingsley Elementary School students welcomed Northwestern football coach, Pat Fitzgerald, as well as several players to the school on Wednesday, March 28. Coach Pat Fitzgerald and three Northwestern football players visited the school to provide role models of good sportsmanship and academic achievement for Kingsley students as well as to help celebrate Kingsley’s Wellness Wednesdays program, which promotes health, nutrition and good sportsmanship.
You can watch a video of the visit here:

Mitchell Museum to offer free summer admission to active-duty military

The independent nonprofit Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston will offer free admission to active-duty members of the U.S. military and their immediate families from May 27 to September 4 as part of the national Blue Star Museums program.