Each of these visions is whole and complete, all by itself. Yet together, they create something even greater—an entire portrait of the future that has not yet been. Explore the ideas shared by community members.

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    Affordable Housing for Artists

    Today: I wonder how different my life would have looked, if affordable housing for artists had been available to me post college. Even though I'm working for philanthropy, I started was as a writer. That's my training, that's my passion, that's the way I understand…

    Move, get out the way

    In order to build a more resilient funding infrastructure in Chicago, public and private funding needs to increase, eliminating unnecessary barriers and skepticism, supporting all the ways that art happens– not just through arts and culture non profits—and empowering community decision making.

    Good ideas come from everywhere at any point!

    Actively seek representation and decision making from all tiers of the organization. Move away from the traditional model the greater nonprofit industrial complex. Know that good ideas can come from any place and at any stage of the process.

    Local and Global

    The vision would be an ecosystem where all its elements contribute to the creation, showcasing and celebration of all creative work. It would be made of a physical space, where people can meet to create and also where they can showcase their work daily. There…

    Collective Community Trust for Accountability and Flexibility

    Hold funds in a collective community trust so they can hold projects accountable to a general funding requirement that you're a nonprofit, have a certain history, etc. These collective community trusts may be a group of artists that allows greater flexibility and experimentation, doing away…

    Leap of faith

    As theatre people we often thrive on working as an ensemble but a “group led” mentality is somewhat of a freak curiosity rather than something we all trust to work. Holacracy is an ideal way to run an organization if EVERYONE buys into it –…

    A safer world

    I think that [in a world where every culture has the experience of other cultures], I feel like we would be safer. Every time you introduce art, other things happen, right? In every community and every culture. That world would lend itself to people who…

    Meaningful and Genuine Community Collaboration

    Invite all these community members and other artists in Chicago to adopt a panel on the bridge over the 606 Bridge. The Girl Scout troop is doing one, the YMCA, the Logan Square Public Library is going to be this awesome beautiful thing. And we're…

    Adopting part of your neighborhood as a rite of passage

    Adopting a part of a wall in the neighborhood to paint when you graduated middle school or high school. When we run out of space, start using the side of building or underneath the train tracks.

    Sharing the stories behind the art/artist

    Today: There's often this myth of the artists genius — it's just one person who tapped into their creativity to put this work into the world — but we don't often hear the stories about how a complex and interconnected set of experiences led them…

    Young artists pursue their dreams without fear

    Today: young aspiring artists have to have a backup plan and often choose to do "something safe." The Vision: Our youth can feel like "What I'm learning now I can actually do it. I don't have to choose something else that's safe! It is safe…

    pluralism, fluidity

    what’s huge to me about this idea is that identities are complex and some of them are fluid (age, ability, gender identity, sexual identity, for example). I think that could be really empowering as a young person, to hear someone give voice to the idea…

    Arts Census

    Similar to the Black Census (conducted by Black Futures Lab, see more here: https://blackcensus.org) the arts & culture sector could survey and quantify itself, rather than someone else surveying us. Image credit: Black Futures Lab.

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    A New Presidential Team Structure

    I am a BIPOC (Filipino) designer and have been on the AIGA Chicago Board for the last year, serving as the VP of D&I, now DEIB. This summer I was nominated/promoted to lead the chapter as a new Co-President. Given that chance, I recruited another…

    Local Love

    Today: "It wasn't until I got national recognition that my local peers recognized me." Vision: Chicago artists come together regularly to love on each other, share and discuss their projects, and build visibility and awareness across disciplines. Image credit: Arts Council of Princeton

    dismantle and expand the canon

    Today: The artistic canon that is taught in art schools today is so eurocentric, not just in terms of art and artists, but also in terms of how it is taught (i.e. a very eurocentric way of teaching and how different communities engage with art).…

    More Proximity to Comfort

    "As a white person, I've often been put into leadership positions prematurely – because of my perceived qualities of 'leadership' as defined by white supremacy culture, such as I'm comfortable speaking, I'm okay with failure, etc. But these qualities of mine don't come from some…

    Restructure Education for Arts Access

    Restructuring education so every kid has the opportunity to encounter different types of art. And not just focus on academic years + summer.

    The No Manifesto: Dismantling Hierarchical Decision-making

    “I work at an institution with a president of color, a dean of color, and a provost of color. The hierarchy and bureaucracy are still oppressive. We can’t just populate the same structures with people of color.” Vision: No grants, no deans, no boards! Nothing…

    Expand the examples of art that we teach young people to center…

    For me equitable visibility is about showing young folks, a wide range of artists and art practices that include and center BIPOC artists. And as often as possible we should be including hyper-local folks. It is incredibly important for me to incorporate that into my…

    A more geographically equitable system

    Today: North Side assets are easier to save. You're just like "It's pretty!" And then, and then it's saved. On the South Side you have to jump through so many more hurdles. You have to show a plan, you have to show like business plans,…

    Arts & Culture Annual Democratic Decision-Making Vote

    Every year, everyone in Chicago gets to vote on a bunch of decisions related to how public arts & culture shows up. The voting is done digitally using text or email so it’s accessible. Residents, artists & everyone votes on decisions like which artists should…

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    Reparation through Amplification

    Predominately White Institutions (PWIs) contribute % of their sizable marketing and advertising budget to fund a digital BIPOC cultural hub. This digital hub is a calendar of BIPOC arts and cultural events, sortable by neighborhood, social identities, genre, etc. This hub will be independently supported…

    Collective Decision Making

    Collective Decision-Making is a system that increases equity and leadership across the whole organization by implementing specific steps to invite conversations and input from stakeholders, specifically the service recipients and low-level, less tenured team members. Rather than giving primary decision-making power to board and staff…