The Evanston Escola de Samba – the Evanston School of Samba – is nearing the end of its month-long Kickstarter campaign to fund the organization’s teaching, scholarships and expenses for its spirited and committed participation in Evanston’s 4th of July parade. As of this writing, Kickstarter supporters have pledged $2023 of EEDS’s goal, set May 8, of $3,600.

Pledging will close at 10:09 a.m. on June 7, this Saturday. Evanstonians and others who have not yet pledged have through that time to be a part of the nonprofit school’s mission. That mission fdis to “bring the spirit of the celebratory Brazilian dance to the Chicagoland area through education and performance of Brazilian music and dance,” according to EEDS’s website at

The award-winning school makes its physical home in Evanston at the Music Institute of Chicago, but teaches workshops and classes all over Chicago. EEDS members make their floats and costumes, holds summer camps, must pay instructors – who have studied and performed percussion and dance in Brazil, the U.S. and West Africa – and hope to provide more scholarships.

All the information, including a plan detailing to what the money will go, is available at Kickstarter’s website: