Please join your neighbors for an important meeting to provide input into the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan, a document that will shape the future of arts and culture in the City of Chicago and the 49th Ward. The meeting will be held Thursday, March 8th, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse.
Mayor Emanuel last year launched a process to develop a new “Cultural Plan.” The plan is intended to create new strategies that promote vibrant arts and cultural hubs in every community and position the arts as a catalyst for economic growth. Thursday’s meeting at the Mayne Stage is one of a series of meetings the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is hosting across the City to solicit input and ideas for this plan.
The 2012 Cultural Plan will likely play a key role in determining the allocation of city resources and support for the arts. The last cultural plan was developed in 1986 under Mayor Harold Washington. The plan resulted in a number of initiatives, including the renovation of Navy Pier, the redeveloped Theater Row in Chicago’s “Loop” and the creation of incentives for film projects.
Those were worthy projects, but they were focused for the most part on the central business district. The time has come to turn our attention to supporting and developing the arts in Chicago’s neighborhoods.
Those who live or work in the 49th Ward know that it is quickly becoming one of the premier artistic and cultural hubs in the City of Chicago. I want to make certain the 49th Ward arts community is represented in the plan and that our artists receive the support they deserve. Your attendance at Thursday’s meeting, and voicing your support for the arts in Rogers Park and Edgewater, will help to ensure that the 49th Ward is not forgotten by the City planners.
For a fact sheet on the 2012 Cultural Plan, click on the attachment below:
If you can’t make Thursday night’s meeting, please try to attend one of the meetings the City is hosting in other neighborhoods. For a schedule of the other meetings and more information on the 2012 Cultural Plan, visit http://www.chicagoculturalplan2012.com/.