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Free Virtual Arts Engagement

Kids Create Change provides free online arts engagement for kids and families. The website offers ongoing virtual art activities for toddlers through teens.  This virtual resource is updated regularly and contains art project ideas, how-to's, art tutorials, videos, storytelling with related art making, links to artist talks and virtual museum tours, and links to live videos.  We are currently working to build a platform where kids and teens can submit their artwork and creative ideas to be featured on the site.  The virtual resource includes many projects kids can make with recycled materials, everyday household materials, and materials found in nature, but there are plenty of ideas that require art materials as well.  


Free Art Materials

Kids Create Change also collects donations of new and gently used art materials and works with community partners to make available to kids and families who need them.  We do an annual spring drive to collect and distribute art kits so that kids have access to them during the summer months.  This initiative began as a direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  In summer 2020 we distributed over 1,000 free art kits to children and families throughout Evanston.


See how you can help us continue this initiative below!

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Check out our art-based resources for kids and families! you'll find creative inspiration, how-to videos, links to art projects, art blogs, and ideas for art making at home!

Help us provide ongoing virtual arts engagement and free art materials for Evanston kids and families!
Generous donations from Northwestern University and individual donors helped us to assemble and distribute over 1,000 free art kits during summer 2020.  Kids Create Change has pledged to continue to collect donations in order to be an ongoing resource of free art materials for kids and families with limited access, and to provide free art and social-emotional resources to Evanston kids and families. Each art kit costs $15 per child.  Any amount large or small will go a long way!

Donate Art Materials!


We are also accepting donations of new and gently used art materials!​  Please see the list of the materials we need below.


  • *New* marker sets (8, 10, 12 pack, thick or thin)

  • New or gently used colored pencils (sharpened please!)

  • New or gently used crayons

  • Multicolor construction paper, cardstock, origami paper (4X4" through 12X18")

  • *New* glue sticks and small elmers glue bottles

  • New or gently used sewing and embroidery materials

  • New or gently used knitting and crocheting materials

  • New or gently used beading materials

  • New or gently used printmaking materials

  • Any craft materials or collage materials

  • New or gently used fabric, yarn, and fiber arts materials


If you are able to purchase materials and would like to help support local businesses please contact the following Evanston stores to see what they have in stock:

Becky & Me Toys

Blick Evanston


If you would like to purchase art materials online and have them sent to us directly, we have created a wishlist with Amazon to make it easier for you to donate using this option.

Click Here for Amazon Wish List


Please contact to make arrangements for art material drop-off or pick-up.

  • Kindness in Action
  • Kids Create Change