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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Commissioner Michelle T. Boone today announced that approximately half of the 241 initiatives in the Chicago Cultural Plan have been addressed to date and the formation of a new stewardship committee for the Chicago Cultural Plan will be organized by Arts Alliance Illinois. Mayor Emanuel also reiterated his commitment to funding Cultural Plan implementation via the 2014 City budget.
“The Chicago Cultural Plan is the centerpiece of our strategy to elevate the city as a global destination for creativity, innovation and excellence in the arts,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “With advocacy and support from an independent group of advisors, the Cultural Plan will continue to create a framework to guide the city’s future cultural and economic growth for many years to come.”
Released in October 2012 and funded by Allstate Insurance Company, The Chicago Community Trust and the Illinois Arts Council – produced with the assistance of Lord Cultural Resources – the Chicago Cultural Plan was the first new plan for strengthening the city’s arts and culture sector in more than 25 years.
The proposed 2014 City budget includes a $1.25 million investment to support initiatives of the Chicago Cultural Plan. Additionally, Arts Alliance Illinois will bring together a high-level group of advisors by the end of the year to inform the development of an impact framework to measure progress toward the Chicago Cultural Plan’s top priorities.
“We’re thrilled with our progress so far and grateful for the continued support of Mayor Emanuel and our community and cultural partners,” said Commissioner Michelle T. Boone. “Half of the 241 initiatives in the Cultural Plan have been addressed to date.”
“We are pleased to partner with the City of Chicago to advance the Cultural Plan,” said Ra Joy, Executive Director of Arts Alliance Illinois. “The stewardship committee, to be formed under the leadership of Arts Alliance Illinois, will be charged with advocating for, promoting and monitoring the implementation of the Plan’s top-line priorities.”
On November 1, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) will honor DCASE with the 2013 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning. Since 1988, MPC has presented the Burnham Award to a plan that measurably creates more livable communities, addresses human capital, improves regional mobility or makes government more efficient. This year, MPC will present DCASE with the award for the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012. The award will be presented at the organization’s Annual Luncheon.
The Chicago Cultural Plan contains a set of 10 priorities, 36 recommendations and 200+ ideas for making them a reality, within four categories: People, Places, Policies and Planning Culturally. Following are highlights of initiatives completed and the significant progress made within the past year by DCASE, other City departments and numerous community and cultural partners.
People – Investing in youth and creative workforce
Places – Growing access to the arts and supporting strong, vibrant neighborhoods
Policies – Creating a pro-culture government that is responsive and efficient
Planning Culturally – Fostering collaborations to promote culture
The Chicago Cultural Plan has also been embraced by the private sector, with several foundations now seeking to fund arts projects that implement and advance the Cultural Plan.
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
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