The draft for the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 cites 10 priorities "for Chicago to realize its potential as a cultural leader" and identifies 36 recommendations for achieving them. Released Monday, the 64-page draft and 38-page supplemental materials estimate that "the majority of initiatives can be achieved within 18 months, with much of the remainder being completed within five years."
More than a third of the initiatives will cost less than $50,000 annually, according to the draft, while half will cost up to $1 million annually and "a minority" will cost more.
- Attract and retain artists and creative professionals.
- Reinvigorate arts education for all Chicago and create opportunities for lifelong learning.
- Honor authentic Chicago culture in daily life.
- Facilitate neighborhood planning of cultural activity.
- Strengthen capacity of arts providers at critical stages of growth.
- Optimize city policies and regulation so creative initiatives thrive.
- Promote culture as a fundamental driver of prosperity to continually strengthen our quality of life.
- Make Chicago a global cultural destination.
- Place a priority on cultural innovation — what we do and how we do it.
- Integrate culture into civic life — across public, nonprofit and private sectors.
The draft report also details 36 recommendations for implementing the Cultural Plan, with estimated price tags and timelines included. Among the recommendations:
- Critically examine and expand sources of cultural funding to match the potential and diversity of the cultural community.
- Create a comprehensive system to accommodate space needs for artists and creative professionals.
- Assemble a culture job corps focusing the skills of cultural sector providers toward citywide issues.
- Facilitate a reliable and sustainable multimedia communication platform to accommodate networks among providers.
- Develop equitable access to arts education in the public schools — every child, every grade, every art form and every school.