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Each of these ideas is a vision that is whole and complete, all by itself. Yet together, these ideas create something even greater — an entire portrait of the future that has not yet been. 

Explore the ideas shared by community members during our co-creation phase, and be inspired to imagine and contribute some of your own ideas for an anti-racist arts and culture sector in Chicago.

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    No longer silent at the table

    Today: People of color who are designated “safe” are given seats at the table, but not allowed to use their voice. These people often burn out when playing this role of going in between the table and the communities of color they work with. The…

    BIPOC People ARE the Assets

    The arts and culture sector takes a page from the world of community development– i.e. when new construction is taking place in a community, xx% of employees MUST be neighborhood residents. Likewise, when arts organizations move into BIPOC communities to offer programs or activities, they…

    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…

    Cultural Organizations Lead Economic and Community Development

    Today: Every time the city comes out with a new initiative around economic and community development, the arts and cultural sector is an afterthought. Vision: The city has an expectation that not only cultural leaders–individuals and organizations–are at the table, and that they are leading…

    BIPOC representation and visibility all year long

    Today: Art works created by BIPOC artists is often relegated to only being recognized and celebrated during designated different cultural months like Black History month, AAPI History month, Pride month, etc. While this intentional, focused representation is a step towards acknowledging and celebrating the contributions…

    Arts as Youth Development

    Today: Arts is something that only wealthy kids get. Vision: The arts is an integral part of the curriculum at schools. Society would see the arts and performance as part of a young person's development in society. To encourage young people to become full-time artists…

    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…

    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…

    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.

    Organizations with rich individual and corporate donors don’t need our tax dollars

    I would love for private foundations, and arts funding that comes from tax dollars at the city, state, or federal budget level, to pull out of funding organizations who primarily serve white-northside-relatively wealthy organizations (particularly those who get significant private wealth infusions that neighborhood arts…

    Co-Directorships

    Co-directorships are normalized and decision-making power is distributed. This idea that one leader has to do all the things is based on an out-dated savior model that is unhealthy and starves leadership of time to nourish their whole selves.

    Tax Credit Incentives for Everyday People Making Investments in Hyperlocal Arts and…

    Citizens of every neighborhood are empowered to express their sense of philanthropy (e.g., love of humanity) through local, state, and federal tax credits up to 5% of gross taxable income that are awrded when they contribute money, assets, or time to local designated arts and…

    Democratic Elections Inside Organizations

    Rather than being kind of nominated or appointed by a board, or by a small hiring committee, my thought is that leaders are elected democratically in organizations. Every organization has a democratic process, and every member gets to vote.

    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…

    Nobody Ever Leads Alone

    Every arts & culture organization adopts a model of 3 leaders (I called them Co-CEOs but they could be Co-EDs, Co-Presidents or just Co-Leaders). They make decisions collectively, and each is accountable to the others.

    mutual knowledge sharing

    Today: We separate important and valuable skills that artists and creatives could benefit from, like writing grants or engaging communities, into other disciplines like business and social work. We might have some options to learn across fields, but there is no focus on how to…

    United States Ministry of Culture

    Today: "Artists are living on the margins of society because their work isn't considered labor. It's not considered a 'product.'" Vision: "Other countries have solutions for this, on the national level, that we could be adopting – there is more regular funding in Canada and…

    Whiteness is not the authority

    Today: "Every boss I've ever had has been white. From the moment I got my first job out of college until now. Whiteness is the authority in this nation and has been reinforced in so many ways." Vision: If I could see more people who…

    Don’t Focus Solely on Academic Experiences

    Today: Our tendency is to look at leadership from an academic perspective. The Vision: The folks who make the best leaders don't always come to the table with those official letters behind their names. If they have experience, if they have an understanding of what…

    Staying Afloat

    Sometimes it feels like we're screaming into a void, or we'll lose our footing at any moment, or the racial disparities won't ever change for us non-whites. Then I feel like I'm trying to keep my head above water, but the sinking feeling is almost…

    We need a tax credit investment into our civilization!

    A new infrastructure that could provide tax credit and investment opportunities for patrons and individuals so that every dollar I gay became a tax credit, off of my adjusted gross income. We need a tax credit investment into our civilization!

    A world that celebrates Black arts

    The industry itself, no matter which art industry you are talking about, is fundamentally rooted in white supremacy. This means that for People of Color the traditional world of art was and still very much is unavailable. We were not allowed in their spaces. But…

    Personnel Time Capsules

    What would it look like if we knew more about our jobs from the last few people who held them? What were the challenges of the role and what was the climate of the institution over the past several years before we arrived? How can…

    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 –…