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access art: a community arts initiative

Free Virtual Arts Engagement

Our website offers ongoing virtual art activities for toddlers through teens. This virtual resource is updated regularly and contains art project ideas, how-to's, art tutorials, videos, storytelling with related art making, links to artist talks and virtual museum tours, and links to live videos.  The virtual resource includes many projects kids can make with recycled materials, everyday household materials, and materials found in nature, but there are plenty of ideas that require art materials as well!  

Check out our Virtual Arts Resource Here!

Free Art Materials

We do an annual spring drive to collect and distribute art kits so that kids have access to art materials during the summer months. This initiative began as a direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  In summer 2020 we distributed over 1,000 free art kits to children and families throughout Evanston who were in lockdown without access to materials at school or activities outside of the home.  In collaboration with community partners we make the art kits available to kids and families who need them.  

Help us provide free ongoing virtual arts engagement
and free art materials for Evanston kids and families! 
Each art kit costs $15 per child.  Any amount large or small will go a long way!

Donate Art Materials!

In addition to raising funds to support this initiative, we collect donations of new and gently used art materials.  We combine new and used materials in our art kits in an effort to raise awareness around waste, recycling, and environmental care. Below is a list of the materials we are currently accepting.


  • *New* marker sets (8, 10, 12 pack, thick or thin)

  • New or gently used colored pencils (sharpened please!)

  • New or gently used crayons

  • Multicolor construction paper, cardstock, origami paper (4X4" through 12X18")

  • *New* glue sticks and small elmers glue bottles

  • New or gently used sewing and embroidery materials

  • New or gently used knitting and crocheting materials

  • New or gently used beading materials

  • New or gently used printmaking materials

  • Any craft materials or collage materials

  • New or gently used fabric, yarn, and fiber arts materials



If you are able to purchase materials and would like to help support a local business that is working to make environmental change in our community please visit:

The Wasteshed at 1245 Hartrey Ave, Evanston, IL 60202



Please contact to make arrangements for art material drop-off or pick-up.

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