2017 YEA! Festival artworkPhoto by Katy Pranian

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The Young Evanston Artists Foundation (YEA!) has voted to dissolve the organization and distribute the funds to the Evanston Community Foundation as a way to pay tribute to the legacy of the YEA! Day Festival and honor Harvey Pranian as the Founder and Project Director.

Young Evanston Artists Foundation will contribute approximately $50,000 to the Evanston Community Foundation to establish a new fund at the Foundation to be known as the YEA!/Harvey Pranian Legacy Fund for the Arts. Grants from this fund will be used to support projects and other opportunities to advance the development of Evanston children and youth, pre-school through high school, through the arts.

YEA! was founded in 1987 with Mr. Pranian’s vision to provide a one day festival each May for the exhibition and performance of art for the children of Evanston, with the active involvement of the public, private, and parochial schools and their respective art teachers.

Over the last 30 years, thousands of Evanston children have had the experience of seeing their art exhibited or performing before an appreciative audience. YEA! grew and thrived with the ongoing involvement of the schools, the City of Evanston, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, the business community, individuals, families and friends of YEA!  Their generous contributions through the years make this Fund possible.

“We are pleased ECF can provide a permanent home for the YEA! Fund to continue their legacy of engaging young children and their families in Evanston with the arts,” said Monique B. Jones, ECF President and CEO.

The YEA! Board invites the community to an event acknowledging Mr. Prainian’s  contribution to the children of Evanston, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Sandra Robinson at sl56robinson@gmail.com, using “YEA! Event” as the subject.