Wednesday, June 29 2022
The April 1 Earth Month party featured art, games, music and drinks. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

To kick off Earth Month, five local organizations collaborated to organize a celebration for the whole community.

The Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse, a non-profit organization that collects and sells used building materials, has partnered with Citizens’ Greener Evanston, WasteShed Evanston, Evanston Made and Art Maker’s Outpost, to promote sustainability while providing the community of artistic creations, games, music and drinks. .

The event took place at the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse at 1245 Hartrey Ave.

More than 200 people registered for the free Friday event, held at the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse at 1245 Hartrey Ave.

Those in the mood to shop for merchandise browsed the WasteShed Evanston, a center located in the Evanston Rebuild Warehouse that accepts and sells used art materials.

The Art Maker’s Outpost, an art studio also dedicated to reusing art materials, invited community members to decorate their own pins using bottle caps, sparkles, glue, pens, colored paper and corks.

“We really want people to rally around sustainability,” said Valerie Kahan, co-founder and creative director at Art Maker’s Outpost.

The executive directors of the five organizations involved sought to join forces and felt that with COVID-19 rates dropping, now would be a good time to hold an event for the community, Kahan said.

Generally, Citizens’ Greener Evanston runs more educational programs, said CGE board chair Rachel Rosner. This time, the nonprofit, which works to make the town more sustainable, felt the community just needed a fun event to help Evanston residents stay connected.

“The volume of responses for this event really speaks to how hungry people are to come together in community with other people who care about the planet,” Rosner said.

The celebration also featured a reading and book signing with local author Susie Pratt. A DJ played music and two bartenders served drinks.

DJ Kate Walsh plays upbeat music. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

Evanston Made, a nonprofit arts organization, invited local artists to set up tables in the warehouse to create and showcase their sustainable art. Local artist Lisa Plefka Haskin, for example, made coasters from tiles and old stamps.

The Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse provided the perfect space for a party, said Liz Cramer, co-director of Evanston Made.

“We [Evanston Made] had wanted to connect with the Evanston WasteShed and the Rebuilding Warehouse because we felt like a lot of people in town didn’t really know what they had to offer, and we wanted to educate them,” Kramer said.

Joy and Chris Joyce, members of the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse, heard about the event at a Rotary meeting. Joy Joyce said the event helped her learn more about local Evanston organizations and their sustainability initiatives.

“I think it’s just great to bring the community together,” she added.


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