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March 18, 2014

City of Chicago to Host Public Art Town Hall Meetings

Advancing the Chicago Cultural Plan and coinciding with the “35 Years of Public Art” exhibit, town halls on March 26 and April 30 will solicit feedback about public art in Chicago

Jamey Lundblad    312.744.2493 jamey.lundblad@cityofchicago.org

Mary May    312.744.0576 mmay@cityofchicago.org

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will host two Public Art Town Hall Meetings this spring, advancing the goals of the Chicago Cultural Plan. The first town hall is Wednesday, March 26 at 6pm, at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) – and the second meeting is Wednesday, April 30 at 6pm, at the Washington Park Arts Incubator (301 E. Garfield Blvd.).

“Every person in every neighborhood should be able to experience art and culture, so the City is looking to the future as we develop a new vision and strategy for public art – a recommendation of the Chicago Cultural Plan,” said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “Mayor Emanuel and I are committed to expanding access to the arts and supporting strong, vibrant neighborhoods and look forward to receiving feedback from Chicagoans.”

Attendees at the town hall meetings will learn about the Chicago Cultural Plan and the City’s public art program as well as best practices from other cities. Participants will also have an opportunity to brainstorm ideas in a smaller group setting, discussing the role of public art in our city, temporary public art projects, new genres of public art, funding ideas for public art and other relevant topics.

Chicagoans are encouraged to RSVP at cityofchicago.org/dcase. Residents may also share their thoughts about public art via civic dialogue platform Textizen by texting “public art” to 773.769.7987, then answering nine survey questions. (Standard text rates apply. DCASE will not sell or share phone numbers. For more information, visit textizen.com/privacy.)

The “35 Years of Public Art” exhibit features sculptures, paintings, murals and more that represent an overview of more than three decades of public art in Chicago.

The exhibition includes a selection of artwork from various satellite locations including libraries, police stations and other public buildings. Highlights of the installation include maquettes, sketches and other materials related to Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, Jacob Lawrence’s mosaic, Events in the Life of Harold Washington, and Mary Brogger’s Haymarket Memorial. The exhibition also features a chair and ottoman from Suite Home Chicago and a mural from the Legler Branch Library by Kerry James Marshall. The mural celebrates the library as a source of mystery and wonder.

The exhibition is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 10am–7pm; Friday–Sunday, 10am–6pm. Admission is FREE. The Chicago Cultural Center is open seven days a week, except holidays.

The exhibit continues through May 4 and is located in the Exhibit Hall (fourth floor north) at the Chicago Cultural Center.

For more information, visit chicagoculturalcenter.org, join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter (@ChiCulturCenter) or call 312.744.3316; TTY 312.744.2964. For the latest DCASE news, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter (@ChicagoDCASE).

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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

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.