5 Evanston organizations collaborate for Earth Month kickoff party

The Earth Month party on April 1 boasted art-making, games, music and drinks. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

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

The Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse, a nonprofit that collects and sells used building materials, partnered with Citizens’ Greener Evanston, the WasteShed Evanston, Evanston Made and the Art Maker’s Outpost, to promote sustainability while offering the community art-making, games, music and drinks .

The event was hosted at the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse, at 1245 Hartrey Ave.

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

Those in the mood to shop perused goods at the WasteShed Evanston, a center located within the Evanston Rebuilding 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 just really want people to rally around sustainability,” said Valerie Kahan, cofounder and creative director at the Art Maker’s Outpost.

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

Typically, Citizens’ Greener Evanston organizes more educational programming, said Rachel Rosner, President of the CGE board of directors. This time, the nonprofit, which works to make the city more sustainable, felt the community just needed a fun event to help Evanstonians stay connected.

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