Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl named etc. Music School and community member Jack Weiss as this year’s recipients of the Mayor’s Award for the Arts. Every year Mayor Tisdahl presents the award to an Evanston arts organization and an individual for contributions to the community through art. Recipients were selected from nominations submitted by the public. The awards were presented at the inaugural “A Bright Night for the Arts” event on Oct. 9.

etc. Music School was founded just over a year ago 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. After starting with 50 students across its programming, etc. Music School now teaches more than 110 students as the school enters its second year at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.

Mr. Weiss was 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. He supported these groups by designing their brands, communication materials, signage and other graphic pieces. His poster, “Preserve Evanston’s Heritage,” designed in 1981 for the Preservation League and Design Evanston, helped preserve the iconic Tallmadge street lights in Evanston.