Arts and Culture

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The Arts and Culture pillar is intended to provide a planning framework that celebrates and enhances Chicago’s vibrancy for the creation and appreciation of artistic works.

Arts typically involve visual, literary and performance-based works that reflect an impulse or vision of its creator. Culture is a set of shared attitudes, goals and practices that represent or are appreciated by multiple members of the same group. Arts and culture often intersect in ways that support or adorn entire industries, museums, performance venues, schools, and many other important physical and virtual spaces.

Investment and participation in arts and culture is essential to Chicago’s legacy as a home for creative industries and innovation, as well as ensuring the evolution of fresh narratives that reflect and engage the multiple stakeholders that could be impacted by We Will.

Art has the power to inspire, to heal, to comfort and to challenge. It can also expand how residents see the world and reflect their collective existence. For example, the boarded storefronts that protected properties during civil strife in 2020 quickly became canvases for artists, poets and other creatives to comment on conditions, goals, and aspirations for change. The transition of local streetscapes became a cultural phenomenon that was common to urban areas nationwide, often in the shadows of more prominent public art that dated to events and people from other eras.

For We Will, artist-led community engagement teams will interface with community stakeholders to explore ways to express concerns, identify goals, and bring new perspectives to ideas and concepts that are important to Chicagoans. These concepts may involve performance art, sculpture, music, paintings, spoken words or other opportunities that ensure all members of the public have multiple opportunities to express and receive information about the We Will plan.

We Will’s focus on the arts and culture will also involve discussions about their roles within public policy and budget recommendations, where and how art is expressed and consumed, and how to make people more sensitive to the art that currently exists all around them.

In the process, the plan will help broaden the City’s sense of possibility as individuals and as connected participants in a shared urban environment.

Public comments to date have involved the following themes:

  • Equal access and opportunity for the creation and display of art
  • The need for an organized, citywide assessment of cultural facilities to help understand neighborhood inequities
  • Additional public and private funding to support professional artists and arts students to ensure diversity within the City’s economy

The Arts and Culture pillar is intended to provide a planning framework that celebrates and enhances Chicago’s vibrancy for the creation and appreciation of artistic works.

Arts typically involve visual, literary and performance-based works that reflect an impulse or vision of its creator. Culture is a set of shared attitudes, goals and practices that represent or are appreciated by multiple members of the same group. Arts and culture often intersect in ways that support or adorn entire industries, museums, performance venues, schools, and many other important physical and virtual spaces.

Investment and participation in arts and culture is essential to Chicago’s legacy as a home for creative industries and innovation, as well as ensuring the evolution of fresh narratives that reflect and engage the multiple stakeholders that could be impacted by We Will.

Art has the power to inspire, to heal, to comfort and to challenge. It can also expand how residents see the world and reflect their collective existence. For example, the boarded storefronts that protected properties during civil strife in 2020 quickly became canvases for artists, poets and other creatives to comment on conditions, goals, and aspirations for change. The transition of local streetscapes became a cultural phenomenon that was common to urban areas nationwide, often in the shadows of more prominent public art that dated to events and people from other eras.

For We Will, artist-led community engagement teams will interface with community stakeholders to explore ways to express concerns, identify goals, and bring new perspectives to ideas and concepts that are important to Chicagoans. These concepts may involve performance art, sculpture, music, paintings, spoken words or other opportunities that ensure all members of the public have multiple opportunities to express and receive information about the We Will plan.

We Will’s focus on the arts and culture will also involve discussions about their roles within public policy and budget recommendations, where and how art is expressed and consumed, and how to make people more sensitive to the art that currently exists all around them.

In the process, the plan will help broaden the City’s sense of possibility as individuals and as connected participants in a shared urban environment.

Public comments to date have involved the following themes:

  • Equal access and opportunity for the creation and display of art
  • The need for an organized, citywide assessment of cultural facilities to help understand neighborhood inequities
  • Additional public and private funding to support professional artists and arts students to ensure diversity within the City’s economy
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