In partnership with We Will Chicago, the Alliance staff will be hosting two virtual discussion sessions in May to hear your opinions on the city’s arts and culture infrastructure, support, and access to resources. The first discussion will take place on Friday, May 6 at 4:00pm, directly after our Virtual Town Hall, and the second will take place on Friday, May 20 at 3:00pm. You are invited to participate in either session, or both. A representative from the Driehaus Foundation will also attend these sessions to hear your concerns.

Core Members can receive $100 for their organization for participating in at least one of these sessions. We will randomly choose ten attendees from either session and notify the winners on May 23. The $100 stipends will be mailed as a check from the CCA.

Your valuable insights as cultural professionals can help shape the city’s priorities. We hope you will join us and share your thoughts with us and with We Will Chicago!

Friday, May 6
4:00pm-5:00pm (directly after the Virtual Town Hall)

Focus of this discussion:
  • How can we foster a resilient creative sector that embraces and supports a diverse and varied creative workforce, recognizing that past support has not always been equitable?
  • How can we reimagine the traditional means of support for arts and culture to realize a healthy and sustainable level of investment that is equitably allocated and driven by community?
  • How can we ensure that all Chicago communities can participate in, have access to, and benefit from the ability of arts and culture to build social capital, bridge divides, and provide healing?
Friday, May 20

Focus of this discussion:

  • How do we provide support for, and access to, culturally responsive arts education for young people, workforce development for creatives, and creative engagement for learners of all ages?
  • How do we build awareness, promote, and remove barriers to access for Chicago’s arts and culture assets within and across communities, citywide, and beyond our borders?