Community members are invited to recognize and celebrate all those who help make Evanston a vibrant and creative community at the annual “A Bright Night for the Arts” celebration.



The event, hosted by Mayor Stephen Hagerty and the Evanston Arts Council, along with community partners, The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and Family Focus, will be held from 6 to 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 5 at The Block Museum of Art on the Northwestern University campus.



Making this year’s event even brighter is free admission to all. Registration is required by visiting cityofevanston.org/brightnight2019.



Mayor Hagerty will present the Mayor’s Awards for the Arts to honorees selected by the Evanston community and the Evanston Arts Council. An individual and an organization will be honored.



“Bright Spots” on view for this event include a performance by Identity Dance featuring students from Family Focus. Evanston Made will provide a slideshow highlighting work created by Evanston artists and Evanston’s Terrain Biennial will showcase the outdoor art installations for this year’s Citywide exhibition.



The free celebration will include treats and soft drinks as well as a stroll through the Block Museum’s current exhibition, Pop América, 1965–1975, which challenges and reframes familiar notions of pop art by bringing together artists from North and South America as well as the Caribbean. Pop América is the first exhibition to unify Latin American and Latinx expressions of pop and explore how artists working across the hemisphere embraced its bold and colorful imagery, references to mass culture and representations of everyday objects, signs and symbols.