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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    Ground-Up Funding

    "Building people's political connection to org's trying to make change. Everyday folks giving money, and fueling it for things they're deciding to do. Connecting everyday people with small amounts to fuel things that happen in their community."

    Trust Artists with Money

    Trust artists with philanthropy money and see what we can do with it! No need for babysitting or strict rules.

    Celebrate difference, connect through shared humanity

    Today: Because of white supremacy, we look at different cultural groups as having monolithic experiences, and that's just so false. There are incredibly diverse experiences and lives and realities even within one cultural group. So by designating certain months for certain cultural groups and naming…

    Decisions for our Collective Future

    We need to put aside our personal agendas. I hear too many people talking about me me me me me, and not them, not us. Not the artists we're training, not the work we're leaving behind. When I make decisions [for my org which trains…

    Flexible and Creative Fundings

    A better way to invest in neighborhood assets is to give flexibility into funding. To have to change your project to the guidelines of a funder is disruptive and can stifle the creative process. I think there's space for you to make the art you…

    Arts Majors Everywhere

    Parents can see many options for their kids when they think about a high school that supports the arts. High schools support the arts because kids and parents know it’s a combination of passion and a viable career.

    “I am an artist”

    If our arts and culture sector had an accessible and resilient funding infrastructure, parents would be excited to hear their children wanted to be artists. We are encouraging our young people to continue to pursue these creative pathways that they’re not solely waiting on their…

    Transparent and accessible navigation of systems of power and influence

    Today: Funding is so often tied to identity (both in terms of demographic information, but also in terms of artistic discipline, approach, or practice), and how well you can articulate your identities and your ideas on paper. A lot of the challenge for visibility and…

    Strength in Numbers

    Today: “Megan Thee Stallion released a single but the TikTok artists withheld their creative power. People paid attention.” Vision: ALAANA/BIPOC people would recognize their latent power and ask for what they are worth. Then they would advocate on each other’s behalf to receive it.

    Feel Values In Your Body

    Today: People feel DEI work through words and jargon, but do they feel the need to change in their body? Vision: Values-based leadership is framed through the lens of belonging. When shared values are embraced by the community, each person from the space can live…

    every group in every community

    Every group would have a presence in every community. There might be a predominantly white group that has shows on the far south side, an African American group that has its shows on the far north side, and it's just a hodgepodge of performances in…

    Healthcare for Artists

    Vision: Artists are granted universal healthcare, like how the fire department comes to your house and you don't get a big bill.

    local all arts website for events, grants, partnership building, networking, activities/camps, community…

    At Scad, there is a sidewalk arts festival. students, alumni, high schoolers can all claim a square in forsyth park. it becomes a whole event. art institute and columbia college kids could do events with children in low-inocme neighborhoods. https://www.scad.edu/sidewalkarts2021 double decker is an art…

    No more mutli-purpose rooms

    When we think about spaces for that art, those spaces need to be specific to the art we are trying to make. Art making happens specifically to that form so we don't need more Multi Purpose rooms. There is nothing that is multi purpose!

    Break the Pyramid

    Break from the current hierarchical pyramid power structure. We should be able to have a say in it at different levels, and within different teams so how can we share a leadership structure that is more circular.

    The people’s choice steering public art

    I imagine that art organizations, especially those who are publicly funded, choose exhibits in partnership with the people. There are polls or open submission spaces for people to voice who or what they want to see in artistic and cultural spaces. It is not just the…

    Center BIPOC Artists

    Today: Society is set up to have BIPOC people to fit into existing structures. The American caste system is "very much like wifi – it's always working but you never really get to see it." Vision: Centering us is how to combat tokenization. Success looks…

    map Chicago’s past and present arts and culture ecosystem in an ongoing…

    We need to map the totality of Chicago's arts and cultural scene. There is so much we don't know that we can't give credit to. We need to create a publicly accessible understanding of all the machinations that happen behind the scenes to try to…

    Universal basic income

    "Getting funding for just basic needs – that's where I want to begin. A basic income for all."

    Emphasizing the arts as a viable career option

    Today: When resources are strapped, the arts are often the first things that are cut. Vision: We teach young people about the diverse career options within the arts and they understand what a viable, vibrant, wonderful livelihood they can create by pursuing their artistic and…

    Leadership models

    Listen to everyone in the room (all stakeholders, to use a term from the current white supremacy model 😉 Listen to children, women, and children and women of color Make decisions with and not for others Get buy in and give others ownership of major…

    expanded eligibility

    Today: "An issue is the things that funders will and will not fund. We are completely locked into this 'Must be a nonprofit, must be an arts & culture organization, where arts & culture is 50% or more of your mission.' That's incredibly detrimental to…

    Stop the dismissal and erasure of lived experiences for the sake of…

    Today: It has been really easy for mainstream society, which is dominated by white culture and gatekeepers, to denounce certain art forms that doesn't reflect traditionally white experiences and values. Using hip hop as an example, people say it glorifies violence, but don't acknowledge that…

    Redistribute Resources With a Buddy System

    If the city is going to invest in tourism or art spaces that are benefited by tourism, then do they also have to make an equal investment in neighborhood, cultural organizations and assets. You can't actually invest downtown without doing an equal investment in the…