About a dozen supporters of the Evanston Community Media Center floated ideas for its revival and described what they see as its value at Monday's Human Services Committee meeting.
Michael Petroshus, chair of the group's Education/Curriculum Committee, said he wants to offer classes in script writing and production and editing. And he said the center will soon host two classes offered by the Piven Theatre Workshop.
"We could make ECTV a training center for the arts," Petroshus said, suggesting "classes would give us an income we could rely on."
Tony Kelly said the center, also known as ECTV, is "a wonderful way to introduce kids and adults to the pleasure of being the generator of ideas rather than just the receiver."
Robert Mark, of 2400 Grant St., said ECTV provides an opportunity for people who live in Evanston to have their voices heard — although "it needs some marketing help."
Lilo Schuster, ECTV's new board president, said she produced a show for six years that highlighted Evanston businesses, and that "people told me they went to the stores after watching."
Scott Walton, the group's new treasurer, said he'd reduced the groups level of uncollected receivables by $34,000 since taking over in September by sending out invoices for money owed and had brought the non-profit up to date on filing its tax reports.
Adrian Dortch, the group's new secretary, who's also a candidate running in April's school board elections, said ECTV "is the only educational-vocational place we have in the 5th Ward, considering that we don't have a school."
Betty Ester said said she'd gotten involved with ECTV shortly after moving to Evanston nearly three decades ago and now has grandchildren involved "learning things through media."
And Jeff Berkowitz, who produces a public affairs interview program, said there's a need for city officials and the ECTV group to sit down and come up with a proposal that will work for the people of Evanston.