Central Street Evanston will launch its new Joy on Central program in the Central Street business district Friday.

“It’s important to me that people know they can still feel safe and have fun as they begin to visit their local shops again. I want all my loyal and new customers to know we’re all part of this community and can still find joy in our shared place together,” says Mari Barnes, owner of Notice and Board president of Central Street Evanston.

Visitors to Central Street will see pops of color along the Street including bands of color on the sidewalk, hanging tree installations and promotional opportunities at various shops and restaurants.

The activation and installation is led by All Together, an Evanston-based placemaking and design studio. “We as humans make it our life mission to find happiness. But in the pursuit of happiness, we often miss the smaller moments that connect us to others, inspire us, and make us more optimistic for the future. These small but powerful moments are ones of joy,” says Marisa Schulz of All Together.

Joy on Central is one of the first programs supported by Central Street Evanston, the organization that manages the street’s newly-formed Special Service Areas.

Central Street Evanston is a 501(c)3 organization that provides marketing, events, maintenance and other services to the Central Street business district.

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