Tisdahl picks recipients of art awards


Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has named etc. Music School and community member Jack Weiss as this year’s recipients of the “Mayor’s Award for the Arts.” 

The award is presented each year to an Evanston arts organization and an individual for contributions to the community through art.

The awards will be presented at the inaugural “A Bright Night for the Arts” event on Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Rotary International Building, 1560 Sherman Ave.

etc. Music School was founded in August 2013 by Evanston educator Mike O’Mara with the core belief that every child, teen, and adult deserves an opportunity to learn and create art in an affirming atmosphere.

Within its holistic approach, the organization works by respecting and incorporating each student’s interests in order to utilize them to foster motivation towards achieving each artist’s goals.

Jack Weiss will be recognized for his creative passion and commitment to local non-profits, such as the McGaw YMCA, the Evanston Art Center, the Preservation League, Design Evanston, and more.

As a founding member of Design Evanston in 1980, Weiss continues to act as the organization’s president. In 2012 he chaired the five-person committee that published the book, “Evanston: 150 Years, 150 Places,” a comprehensive survey of Evanston’s architectural history.

Currently, Weiss is working with a small group of Evanston leaders to host “Open House Evanston,” a weekend event that will promote architectural and preservation tourism in Evanston.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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