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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    ROCK THAT BOAT

    Today: People highlight issues that are wrong and then bring these really reasonable critiques and we're retaliated against and blacklisted. It's deeply confusing when organizations, groups, or people ask "how can we do better" but actively don't want to hear it. The Vision: Community workers…

    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…

    Art Post

    A library style structure that provides resources, supplies, and knowledge on loan. No expectations of buying and selling. Community based and led.

    The Board of Cultural Memory

    Most organizations have a board of directors, and they are accountable to a board of trustees. Those people typically have the most generational wealth. We should have a parallel board for people who have the most generational memory, history, culture, values.

    Abundant Humans and Time

    The abundance of resources is not only in money and space but also time and being human. For humans to not be burnt out is a resource that currently I feel like is really lacking. Sometimes having humans that can kind of be there full…

    Museums as Stewards

    Today: “Who did you plunder this from, so we can pay an entrance fee to see it behind thick glass? Do these objects belong here? This is not about ownership.” Vision: Museums would act as stewards of the cultures they want to share. They would…

    Artist Corp to Respond to Neighborhood and City Challenges

    Today: The arts are not thought of as an integral part of our whole quality of life. Vision: Develop an Artist Corp; we train artists to use their creative skillsets to respond to neighborhood and city challenges.

    Full Arts Integration

    BIPOC/ALAANA creative workers are fully integrated into the fabric of other sectors and industries, valued for their contributions as creatives and celebrated for their creative practice. These new jobs and occupations in health and wellness, restorative justice, environmental justice, civic technology, and on and on,…

    Know the origins behind the art with NFTs

    We need to know the origins behind an artistic or cultural work. There needs to be a structural way to understand origins of creative work. For example, we might use something like non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as a way to identify unique pieces of media or…

    No such thing as HR departments

    Leaders and managers take responsibility for knowing the people who work for them their needs, challenges, and expertise as a whole human being. Leaders care, nurture, acknowledge, and respect the lives of the people that they work with.

    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…

    Art as Health

    The Vision: Healthcare became more about preventing getting sick and living a happy healthy life, making the arts part of Healthcare. There is a whole industry dedicated to study the relationship between health benefits and art therapy and develop programs to promote art as a…

    Lifting up and centering BIPOC artists — that is our work!

    This is about lifting up and centering BIPOC artists and spaces. I'm not asking for the “proper” world to acknowledge or include us. I want them to do that for their own goodness. But I know that we can do this amongst ourselves and for…

    Redistribute dance funding to support local artists

    According to the Sustain Arts report, 50% of grant funding received by dance organizations in Chicago went to 3 dance companies. These companies most likely do not primarily employ Chicago based dancers or show work from Chicago based dancemakers. If these funds were redistributed into…

    Arts and Culture Crowdfunded by Taxes

    Arts and culture programming funding should be part of our taxes. Thinking about things like crowdfunding. There's such an excitement about choosing the things you want to support. This isn't just an algorithm to sell things, but for us to show what we are interested…

    Young people become more of themselves through art

    Today: We talk to young people like this: “You’re so informed for your age.” Vision: A change is how we value the voices of young people, because their perspective is fresh, because they can see things for what they are, their voices are just as…

    Seek Balance

    Today: In top heavy organizations that's a large number of people you may be paying outsized salaries. The Vision: Balancing organizations to create holistic leadership structures that expand past the top of the hierarchy and expand decision making power.

    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…

    50 Galleries Initiative

    Chicago can and should provide greater public access to performing arts spaces and resources via a public agency comprising 50 publicly-owned, democratically-controlled Galleries for the creation and presentation of the performing arts, one in each of Chicago’s 50 Wards. Similar to the Chicago Park District,…

    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…

    What if we lead like ants?

    Humans have a problem thinking we have all the solutions. Leadership models that currently dominate the non-profit and arts and culture sector are ones that celebrate solo leadership, experts and bold decision-making. But what we need are leadership models that celebrate working together for the…

    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!

    Art doesn’t happen in a vacuum

    No one person creates alone. Because we're in the arts, we have accepted it and have experienced that. We need to focus on ALL the people who are present who make the show happen everyday. From docents, to maintenance staff, and volunteers. They are the…

    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…