Alright, I know it's been over a week since the Trib article Arts leaders Speak Up- Is Rahm listening yet I need to speak my mind peoples!
The Chicago arts are continuously talked about, and never heard! When I say Chicago arts I'm talking the small neighborhood businesses/theaters/schools/bars that set up shop (whether for profit or non profit) to showcase their work, and then the following happens: they end up competing with one another for the little money that exists ....and there goes their livelihood! How do they survive? I'll give you a clue: they barely do!
First example would be Dance Chicago; how does one expect to put together a festival with no funds, theaters that are struggling to make it, and dancers who need to jump through fiery hula hoops to make a few bucks? When you cut a festival's budget to 1/5th of what it used to be; the local economic re-precautions are endless. Don't we want more money for our neighborhoods, businesses, & artists?
Let's get it together now folks! What about the art amusement tax? It kills Chicago's new artists ability to exist, and each company is competing for grants & business like a bunch of blood thirsty vampires!
I don't have the answers by any means, or as much power to change things...but I have an idea?!?! Think about how social media has changed our lives? If you do it properly (like I try with Dance Chicago)- it's all about givers gain. Can't we do this with the arts? Instead of taking out each others knees Nancy Kerrigan style..we could always extend an arm, hand, vice grip, whatever..
Rahm said he wants to help the neighborhood arts, but what if he's just another Windy City politician (sorry Rahm, yet given the predeceasing facts I had to say it). Daley thought tourism was most important when it came to the arts, yet first & foremost we need Chicago land to support the arts. This means we all must help one another, and then pray that Rahm catches on! Let's all get on the Rahm bandwagon & reinforce how the arts need to be seen, heard, and watched damnit!
Rahm: you have the chance to be the politician we truly give props to; so be all you can be and just do it!