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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    Communities, not corporations as real estate developers

    The community should reap the benefits from any real estate, property, space or land in their neighborhood. We need to reframe what a developer looks like, making communities developers too. Not just hoping or relying on corporation or entity in that way.

    Work together like an orchestra and know the stage you are on

    Shared leadership is very similar to being a chamber musician! Great ideas can come from anywhere, and they can come at any stage, and you've just got to be aware as a group of what kind of conversation we're having and what stage you are…

    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…

    Value, support, and invest in the creative process as much as, if…

    Today: There is this notion that folks don't value art unless they see it as an investment or as entertainment. They don't respect the process — it's always about the product, and therefore that is the only thing that gets valued, supported, and invested in.…

    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…

    Recognize community knowledge

    Today: There are gatekeepers who only let some in and some out. I see beautiful talent, wealth of opportunities, important stories, and yet doors being closed. Vision: We get rid of gatekeepers. More of a recognition of community knowledge, and the wealth that is present…

    Dedicated long term funding streams for independence and impact

    Dedicated long term funding streams so organizations can do what they and artists related to those organizations need to do, rather than small one time grants that you have to beg for all the time. That kind of stability can help an organization think and…

    Fund Individual Artists

    Today: "If you think about how an artist can be sustainable, they participate throughout their life in a number of collectives, organizations, projects, models. We might do something for 10 years, something else for just a couple months…But in our current ecosystem, there's no way…

    Consensus-based decision making

    We can be rooted in mutual aid and cooperation. We can be non-hierarchical. We can not so much focus on a singular individual, but instead understand the impacts and effects of each decision on the community around us.

    Artist Autonomy, not Philanthropy

    Today: I don’t trust government. I don’t trust philanthropy. Different people get in positions of power and everything shifts. That’s part of why the nonprofit structure is always being interrogated, because it is a structure, about, it’s built on charity. The Vision: If our arts…

    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.

    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…

    A Thriving Multi-generational Place

    If we invest in neighborhood assets, our neighborhoods will be a thriving place with coffee shops, storefronts, and restaurants. It's a multi generational place that there isn't just programming for only teens or only adults that have had training, but it's for anyone. This neighborhood…

    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…

    DCASE Has Funding Requirements by Zip Code

    Today: Our funding system rewards orgs who have money. If you need money you can't get money if you've got money, you can get more money. Vision: DCASE has requirements to fund according to zip code. This supports the vision that every neighborhood's uniqueness is…

    Art Post

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

    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 –…

    Chicago’s history accurately reflects who was originally here, built the city, and…

    I imagine that the children of tomorrow will walk into a museum on a class trip and everyone will see someone that looks like them, has experiences like them, or shares their culture reflected and highlighted in the exhibits. They will see how they are all part…

    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…

    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).…

    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…

    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…

    Arts to Co-Create, not just Amplify

    If our arts and culture sector had an accessible and resilient funding infrastructure, artists would know they’re not valuable simply to amplify a message that’s already been constructed. But that we want to co-construct with you to shape that message.

    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,…