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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have designated 2017 the "Year of Public Art" with a new 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project, the creation of a Public Art Youth Corps, a new Public Art Festival, exhibitions, performances, tours and more -- representing a $1.5 million investment in artist-led community projects.
“There is no question that art is vital to a neighborhood’s spirit and the quality of life for residents, which is why we have initiated the 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project. For the first time ever, we’ll be allowing Aldermen to dedicate up to $10,000 of their menu funds to finance permanent public art installations in their wards. I’ve committed to matching those menu funds dollar for dollar, doubling the money and impact of these projects.”
—Mayor Rahm Emanuel
“Every neighborhood has talented painters, photographers and sculptors whose work could brighten and enhance our City. We are asking each of them to join us in creating new art installations across all 50 wards during the Year of Public Art.”
—DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly
Grant support provided by Allstate Insurance Company and Terra Foundation for American Art