Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ward Room: New Chicago Cultural Plan Up For Resident Review

Piece above made by a student artist at Harlan
My main question about this cultural plan is what this means for the neighborhoods. Still I do favor the arts education component to this plan. Hopefully they come to Harlan High School and look at their contributions to arts education with their art fairs!
Chicago arts and culture is a top priority in a new cultural plan released Monday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

The proposed plan, only the second revision since the document’s 1986 origin, identifies 10 priorities for “Chicago to realize its potential as a cultural leader.” The ideas include increasing arts and art education, honoring Chicago culture and increasing cultural activity citywide, revising city policies and regulations to optimize creative initiatives, and making Chicago a global city.

Along with the priorities, the plan includes 36 recommendations for implementation strategies such as creating a comprehensive system to accommodate space needs for artists and creative professionals.

It also aims to examine and expand cultural funding sources, develop further arts education in public schools, link neighborhoods, celebrate community culture, promote Chicago’s global capacity and design a pro-art government.

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