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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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    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!

    Trust Artists with Money

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

    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.

    Native Arts Culture Integrated Everywhere

    If our arts and culture sector had an accessible and resilient funding infrastructure, we would value art in the native cultures context. The whole idea of art for art’s sake as a white supremacist construct. Native culture art sand indigenous culture are integrated into the…

    Education and Local Investment as the Antidote to Appropriation

    Today: The line between honoring and crediting versus culturally appropriating is so often blurred. It can be irreparably damaging. Vision: Through pedagogy, early, and often, we learn to give cultural credit, acknowledge and understand the depth of cultural context; we are taught to recognize and…

    Art and Culture as an Essential Component of Society

    If our arts and culture sector had an accessible and resilient funding infrastructure, arts and creativity would have its rightful place in our systems in a way that is not a nice to have, but any as an essential component of what it means to…

    Communities of Practice as a Space for Transformative Leaders

    This article speaks to how everyone can "show up" and lead with their full humanity in tact. https://www.drmarcusrobinson.com/post/communities-of-practice

    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…

    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…

    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.

    Do your homework to understand, appreciate, and celebrate BIPOC arts

    Today: There is so much value in artists creating art as a way to express ourselves for our own self and/or for our own community. Our objectives as artists should not be to create art that can be universally understood or to educate folks who…

    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,…

    Mentorship to Replace Object Shrines

    Today: Arts are considered fancy and for the privileged. So much goes towards creating shrines for objects. Vision: We shift our energy and focus on mentorship. This way, we open doors for young people to art and design via exposure; this can be passed on…

    Lift as you climb

    One of the things I hope to bring to my identity as a Black, woman creator is the intention to lift up the other BlPOC women creators that everyone has failed to recognize in the spaces I am asked to be a part of.

    We will value a deep and ever-evolving cultural intelligence

    Today: Americans, particularly white Americans, generally have a global reputation of being ignorant about world geography and cultures. Education in this country strips away and erases so much of our own history to center whiteness and white comfort, but deeper than that there is another…

    Include Technical Training in Civic Spaces

    Vision: Civic spaces like park cultural centers, libraries, and auditoriums in schools can be both training and presentation spaces for artists and organizations and communities to come together to engage and learn. And within, there are opportunities for training for technical theater, performance training, technical…

    cultural mirror

    Anti-racist doesn’t mean anti-whiteness but organizations should reflect the communities they serve maybe even from the neighborhoods they serve. Balance doesn’t always mean equal but everyone should have the ability to contribute. Leadership should be a cultural mirror that reflects all.

    We all need art. We all need to make art.

    If we look at the hierarchy of human needs, we have self-actualization at the top of our pyramid, which includes creativity. The arts and culture is the ultimate tool to engage our creativity. Art is not a luxury — it is essential to humanity and…

    Who Gets To Call Themselves an Artist? What is Art?

    Let’s ask some of the big questions! Who gets to call themselves an artist? What is art? Is it only art if it produces a “thing”? It is time to interrogate how we are defining these topics because that translates into what is made visible,…

    Fluidly Move Through Leadership

    A model of leadership we can mimic is the bond between and dancing and space. Everyone understands what this shared space is and that we all can contribute. Some folks come to the foreground and then a move away. It's fluid. This space is held…

    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.

    If AOC ran the Art Institute

    I am inspired by the leadership of folks like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She's unapologetic, doesn't pander to folks even within her own party, and she looks like the people she represents. If she ran the Art Institute then instead of seeing more Van Gogh I would…

    Media coverage of the arts is hyper-local, inclusive, and accessible.

    Today: Traditional media coverage for the arts in this city and this country is very much geared toward downtown and the traditional season ticket holder, which is often older, white, and has lots of money. Also there is a dearth of BIPOC arts and culture…

    LOCAL ART HOUSES: Cultivating local Creators

    Identify, Pour Into, and Provide continued models of support for Creatives: What if there were nighborhood hubs—like a mini park district fieldhouse, but it's a neighborhood "ART HOUSE" where this physical space serves as a touchpoint in every neighborhood where: Young or new artists could…