Chicago, Monday, February 13, 2012. Everyone who cares about art and culture in Chicago will have a chance to contribute their ideas for an all-encompassing new arts plan for the new Millennium. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is asking residents, cultural organizations and community groups for their input through town hall meetings, social media, public forums and online at the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012's interactive website.
Upon becoming Mayor of Chicago in 2011, Rahm Emanuel directed the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to revisit the Chicago Cultural Plan, which was created over 25-years ago in 1986 under Mayor Harold Washington. The Washington plan, that was two years in the making, was the impetus for the renovation of Navy Pier, the redeveloped Theater Row in Chicago's "Loop" and the creation of incentives for film projects
In response to the mayor's request, the DCASE has been gathering information and in January 2012, launched the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 website along with setting up other forums to identify opportunities for arts and cultural growth for the city.
With over 24,000 arts enterprises, including nearly 650 non-profit arts organizations, generating more than $2 billion annually and employing 150,000 people, Chicago has the third largest creative economy in the U.S. The goal of the new plan is to deliver a set of recommendations to support the arts and artists throughout the city; extend the arts into the neighborhoods; boost the economic growth of arts in Chicago and augment Chicago's reputation as a global cultural destination.
The plan, scheduled to be unveiled in the fall of 2012, will provide a list of recommendations and serve as a blueprint for the future of Chicago's arts and culture community.
Upcoming Townhall Meetings:
Wednesday, February 15: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m., Columbia College,
Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Ave. , 2nd Floor.
Thursday, February 16: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Senn High School Auditorium - 5900 North Glenwood Avenue.
Saturday, February 18: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., DuSable Museum, 740 East 56th Place.
Tuesday, February 21: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 West 19th Street.
Townhall meetings are open anyone interested in the future of arts and culture in Chicago but an RSVP is required. Go to the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 website to RSVP.
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