City Unveils Cultural Plan 2012

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - BusinessMayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Commissioner Michelle Boone unveiled the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012, the first new plan for strengthening the city’s arts and cultural sector in more than 25 years. The Plan was developed after months of meetings with stakeholders and community members across the city and includes input from thousands of Chicagoans. The new Plan will serve as the central planning document for enhancing Chicago’s thriving arts and culture sector, supporting creativity, innovation and excellence in the arts. The final Plan and executive summary can be downloaded at or

The Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 contains a set of ten initiatives with 36 recommendations and over 200 ideas. The result is a call to action for communities, individuals, government, cultural institutions, non-profits and corporations to work together to ensure success. The ten initiatives of the plan include:

    1. Reinvigorating arts education and creating new opportunities for lifelong learning.
    2. Attracting and retaining artists and creative professionals.
    3. Elevating and expanding neighborhood cultural assets.
    4. Facilitating neighborhood planning of cultural activity.
    5. Optimizing city policies and regulation that impact the arts and creative industries.
    6. Strengthening capacity within the cultural sector.
    7. Promoting culture’s value on Chicago’s economy and our way of life.
    8. Strengthening Chicago as a global cultural destination.
    9. Developing and sustaining innovation in culture.
    10. Integrating culture into daily life – across public, nonprofit and private sectors.

Many of the recommendations in the City’s Cultural Plan are ready now and will take little time to initiate at minimal cost. In fact, nearly one third of the plan’s initiatives have an estimated cost of less than $50,000 to implement.

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